Monthly Brief 丨 2017 · 05

The best thing about working at China Blue is that you are confronted with various challenges. I don’t see any excuse to run away from those while you can rapidly grow up while tackling them.

A note from Shuyi Lu’s Weekly Report

Main Progress

– The newly updated scoring card for China Seafood Sustainability Assessment was tested out by invited experts whose feedback will help further optimize the assessment methodology and outputs.

– The engagement of supply chain in the Chinese Common Squid FIP (Fishery Improvement Project) continued as the partnership MoU was signed by a couple of international seafood buyers with China Blue.

– The 2nd Term of Wetland-Friendly Fishery Project around Dongzhai Harbor Mangrove Reserve was officially launched as the project contract signed between UNDP-GEF and China Blue.

– As part of the 2nd China Ocean NGO Forum, “Haililao (Scoop up trash from the sea)” program for World Oceans Day to advocate for the reduction of ocean plastic and ghost fishing was facilitated by China Blue in collaboration with other marine conservation NGOs, diving clubs and public media.

– Two seminars were held at Hainan University to recruit interns as part of our Capacity Building Program that targets young professional talents cultivation in the subjects of fishery and aquaculture.

iFISH

– A few experts were invited to test out the scoring cards for China Seafood Sustainability Assessment for enhanced fishery and aquaculture species. Their feedback are evaluable to further optimize the assessment methodology and outputs.

– The design of iFISH platform framework as well as the potential application and user scenario were brainstormed with experts on IT and aquaculture to explore more dimensions of iFISH.

– Ideas about the public version of iFISH from a variety of users were collected through questionnaire, and the crowd-funding plan were scoped.

– Workplan for iFISH 2.0 in the second half of the year was drafted.

AIP

– We facilitated a few interviews with farmers, aquaculture managers at private companies and local governments for the researcher from Wageningen University to understand the governance in zonal aquaculture management within Hainan tilapia supply-chain.

– A field study of the value chain analysis on new entities in the seafood business was jointly carried out by China Blue and Chinese Academy of Fisheries Science in Hainan tilapia industry.

– The 2016 annual report of Hainan Tilapia AIP was jointly issued by the Hainan Tilapia Sustainable Alliance and China Blue.

FIP

– The MoU for the Common Chinese Squid FIP was signed by a couple of seafood buyers with China Blue.

– History files of FIP were reorganized and translated and key information was in a process to be uploaded on www.fisheryprogress.org

OTHERS

– The 2nd Term of Wetland-Friendly Fishery Project around Dongzhai Harbor Mangrove Reserve was officially launched as the project contract signed between UNDP-GEF and China Blue.

– To understand community culture and gender issues of fishery community, a field visit to local fishing villages in Hianan was paid as scoping for small-scale fishery project.

– To support local grassroot NGOs in developing knowledge and skills for sustainable fishery and aquaculture, China Blue joined a wetland project and scoped for aquaculture improvement plan.

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(Aquaculture scoping study conducted around a wetland in Wenchang, Hainan.)

Ocean NGO Community Development

– As part of the 2nd China Ocean NGO Forum, “Haililao (Scoop up trash from the sea)” program for World Oceans Day to advocate for the reduction of ocean plastic and ghost fishing was facilitated by China Blue in collaboration with other marine conservation NGOs, diving clubs and public media.

– China Blue was invited to attend the “Philanthropy-crossover Forum” hosted by Aiyou Foundation and Forbes China and gave an introduction speech on sustainable seafood as one of the three representatives of the outstanding NGOs.

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(China Blue’s logo presented at the forum together with many other Aiyou partners’ logos)

Team Development

– Two seminars were held at Hainan University to introduce China Blue’s ongoing projects and talent cultivation plan for intern recruitment. Preliminary agreement was also established by China Blue and Hainan University for further strategic cooperation through internship program and research collaboration.

– Our team members attended the management training sponsored by Aiyou Foundation.