Sustainability overview of reduction fisheries
25 Aug 2016
Blake Lee-Harwood: “This situation has not improved in recent years and there seems to be a lack of ambition in some regions”
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) has released its 2016 sustainability overview of reduction fisheries which reveals that less than 60% of fish in the report comes from well-managed fisheries.
Blake Lee-Harwood, strategy director at Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, said: “This situation has not improved in recent years and there seems to be a lack of ambition in some regions.”
“The good news is that there are at least two fishery improvement projects in place, two of the fisheries are certified to the MSC standard and another six are in MSC full assessment.”
The report concludes that for the twenty stocks analysed in 2016, only 3.8% of the total catch volume of the reduction fisheries comes from stocks in very good condition. As in last year´s overview, this corresponds to a single fishery: Antarctic krill – Atlantic Southern Ocean.
Most 57.4% of the total catch volume in this analysis comes from stocks that are reasonably well managed, with more than one third (42.6% or 3.3 million tonnes) of the total catch for reduction purposes comes from the seven less well-managed fisheries.
In addition, only 14% of the catch comes from stocks where biomass is at or above target levels in line with the current Aquaculture Stewardship Council requirements for fisheries providing fishmeal and fish oil for feed to certified farms.
Four of the twenty fisheries have improved their status since 2015 – Norway pout – North Sea, lesser sand-eel – Dogger Bank area, European pilchard – Northwest Africa southern stock and European pilchard – Northwest Africa central stock.
Two of the fisheries decreased their sustainability category – Atlantic menhaden – NW Atlantic and Araucanian herring – Chilean.
The overview covers twenty of the most significant fisheries used for the production of fishmeal and fish oil (with a total catch in excess of 7.8 million tonnes) but does not include reduction fisheries in Asia because of limited data availability.
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