Global Introduction of Human Rights and Social Responsibility (HRSR) Policies

When a fishery is not currently ready to achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) sustainability certification, the Atlantic Groundfish Council (AGC) embarks upon a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) to prepare for eventual sustainability certification. (In the instance of its Northern Cod FIP, AGC partners with the Association of Seafood Producers to co-lead the FIP). Such projects provide a roadmap to achieving the management structure necessary for long-term sustainability of the fishery.

FIPs managed by the AGC and/or ASP are published on, a one-stop portal for information on the progress of over 250 FIPs globally. Launched in 2016, the website makes tracking progress more efficient, consistent, and reliable for businesses that support FIPs. Read more about the Council’s Fishery Improvement Projects:

FIP participants all around the world expect enterprises to share a commitment to protect human rights and promote social responsibility (HRSR).


Our HRSR Policy

As the Atlantic Groundfish Council, and as Canadians, we are committed to protecting human rights and social responsibility in all our Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs).

A HRSR Policy has been developed, outlining guidelines and expectations for FIPs associated with AGC, sometimes in partnership with the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP), emphasizing the importance of safeguarding human rights and fostering social responsibility.

We’re committed to Human Rights and Social Responsibility and encourage you to explore the full HRSR policy here.