Pumping a menhaden catch from a purse-seine net into a carrier vessel. (Photo: NOAA)
SFP assesses fishmeal and fish oil fisheries
Wednesday, May 04, 2011, 23:20 (GMT + 9)
The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) has published a sustainability league table of the principal South American and Atlantic fisheries used for the production of fishmeal and fish oil. The league table follows on from the 2010 table published last year. SFP will publish an annual table from now on to track changes in these fisheries.
The 25 fisheries have been assessed using the FishSource methodology devised by SFP which allows basic comparisons to be made against existing fishery sustainability indicators.
Some of the main findings from the league table include:
1.2 per cent of the catch comes from fisheries that score more than 8 across all FishSource criteria (category A). The target stocks for these fisheries are in excellent condition.
65.2 per cent of the catch comes from fisheries that score above 6 in all criteria AND the score for biomass is at least 8 or more meaning biomass is above target levels (category B). These stocks are in very good shape although may merit some improvements in management regime.
6.9 per cent of the catch comes from fisheries that score above 6 across all criteria but not above 8 for biomass (category C). These fisheries are in good shape but would benefit from improvements in management regime.
26.7 per cent of the catch comes from fisheries that score below 6 on at least one criteria. These fisheries have not been effectively managed and significant improvements are required.
Cumulatively, 73.3 per cent of the total catch from these fisheries score above 6 on all five criteria – this is broadly in line with the requirements of existing and proposed feed standards for most aquaculture certifications.
No reduction fishery is currently managed within an ecosystem based fisheries management regime. SPF believes this situation needs to improve significantly. Further, it states that fisheries that have established a successful single species stock management regime should now be looking to evolve an ecosystem based approach to ensure sustainability in the future.
More details can be found in a new briefing from SFP– The Reduction Fisheries League Table 2011 - which can be obtained from the SFP website.