North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group

The North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy (NAPA) Group aims to improve pelagic fisheries management for the UK supply chain. Find out the latest news.
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NAPA is the unified voice of the marketplace

The North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group (NAPA) is a collective of retailers and supply-chain businesses with a commitment to sourcing sustainable seafood. This collective is using its voice to advocate for long-term, science-based management of North East Atlantic pelagic stocks: for prospering oceans and fisheries, and business security.

North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group

NAPA is a market-led approach to improve North Atlantic pelagic fisheries management. It was formed in response to the continuing dispute over mackerel quota allocation in the North East Atlantic. Over time, this dispute has resulted in annual catches well in excess of the advised level for three commercially important species: North East Atlantic mackerel (hereafter mackerel), Atlanto-scandian (Norwegian Spring Spawning) herring (hereafter herring), and North East Atlantic blue whiting (hereafter blue whiting).

NAPA partners are a collective of over 40 retailers, food service companies, and suppliers, representing the majority of the purchasing power for mackerel, herring, and blue whiting in the North East Atlantic.

NAPA aims to drive sustainability in these fisheries by securing an agreement on total allowable catches (TACs) in line with scientific advice, as well as long-term science-based fisheries management strategies. The group intends to tackle these issues through the establishment of a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) for mackerel and herring, and a MarinTrust Improver Programme (IP) for blue whiting. The FIP and IP both serve to drive political will while holding key actors and decision-makers to account.

Members

NAPA partners are a collective of over 40 retailers, food service companies, and suppliers. The group is using its collective commercial leverage to advocate for Coastal States to commit to, and establish fisheries management strategies, and to agree sustainable quota shares for shared pelagic stocks.

Vision

NAPA’s vision is to build a shared, global and non-competitive solution to sustainability issues in North East Atlantic pelagic fisheries.

In realising this vision, retailers will be able to source ethical, sustainable pelagics from fisheries in this region with confidence.

This confidence must be rooted in the knowledge that long-term, science-based management practices are in place, vocally supported by Coastal States’ decision-makers - meaning that supply is secure, and stocks will remain healthy into the future.

Policy Fishery Improvement Programme: Mackerel and Herring

The NAPA Policy Fishery Improvement Programme (FIP) is a concept designed, scoped and executed by NAPA to drive sustainability in mackerel and herring fisheries. It uses the framework of a traditional, science-based FIP as a guide for driving political action towards sustainable outcomes.

Responding to the removal of MSC certification for both of these fisheries in 2019 (mackerel) and 2020 (herring), the Policy FIP uses MSC assessment criteria to identify specific areas for action, leading to a programme of work and engagement to be undertaken between 2021-2024. NAPA’s approach is to pursue direct communication with Coastal States representatives to promote responsive, precautionary decision-making and adherence to sustainable exploitation levels.

Three core action points make up this novel Policy FIP:

  • Sustainable harvest strategies
  • Effective means for dispute resolution between Coastal States
  • Science-based decision-making by all management parties

NAPA’s Policy FIP provides a clear pathway to science-based fisheries management.

To ensure full transparency of its work, the FIP is independently audited and follows MSC certification criteria as benchmarks for sustainable practices.

The FIP was launched in April 2021. Follow this link to the FisheryProgress.org website to find out more (link opens in a new window).

Marin Trust Improver Programme: Blue Whiting

As blue whiting is predominantly a ‘feed fish’, used within salmon aquaculture production (whereas mackerel and herring are caught for human consumption), NAPA’s engagement around this stock is structured around a different tool: the MarinTrust Improver Programme (IP). MarinTrust is a unique international certification programme for marine ingredient certification.

The IP is expected to commence in 2021. Find out more.

News and media releases

NAPA welcomes first group member from Asia

The Japanese Consumers’ Co-operative Union (JCCU) has joined NAPA to support the joint Coastal States’ action on collaborative management of blue whiting, mackerel, and herring.

NAPA position on Norway’s recent decision to set a unilateral quota for mackerel

NAPA has released a press statement criticising Norway for their recent action to set a unilateral quota for North East Atlantic mackerel. Follow the link below to view the press statement. 

NAPA has also written to the Heads of Delegations for each Coastal State to express our concerns at the recent actions of Norway and how they undermine the future sustainability of the mackerel stock. Follow the link below to view the letter. 

Policy Fisheries Improvement Project

The North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy (NAPA) Group - a collective of 50 retailers and supply chain businesses working together to secure sustainable management of key pelagic stocks; launches ‘policy FIP’ to drive political will for long-term pelagics management.

Follow the link below to read the press release issued by NAPA. 

Further information

Contacts

NAPA membership is open to any business that processes, sells or supplies a retailer/wholesaler/foodservice company, with North East Atlantic pelagic species of concern.

To find out more please contact Aoife Martin, Independent Chair of NAPA, at aoife.martin@seafish.co.uk