Publicado por: pongpesca | 2010/03/29

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Announces Certification Standards

“Is this a good strategy? Asking the industry to govern itself, rather than pushing for governments to regulate? Which is better? Which is a faster track to global sustainability?

Fish-lovers may soon be able to buy guilt-free farmed seafood, thanks to a new league table that ranks the sustainability of the fisheries used to make feed for aquaculture. The league table will help farms make sure the feed they use does not harm wild fish stocks and could allow them to qualify for schemes certifying that their produce is sustainable. With farmed fish there is the challenge of defining whether the feeds used in aquaculture come from sustainable sources. Farmed fish are fed oils and meal made from other fish. This has led to some drastic declines in wild fish populations. Now the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, a nonprofit group based in San Francisco, has published a sustainability league table for the 22 fish stocks most harvested for fish oil and fishmeal. Their report gives fisheries marks out of 10 in five key areas: whether there is a mechanism to reduce catches if stocks decline, whether fishery managers follow scientific advice, whether fleets comply with specified limits on their catch, whether stock levels are healthy now and whether they are likely to be healthy in future. The first consumer labelling schemes for farmed fish could be launched in 2012, including one run by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, a nonprofit organisation based in Utrecht, The Netherlands. (from the NEW SCIENTIST publication).”

Fonte: Aquaculture Hub – 26 de Março de 2010


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