The Sustainable Fishery Partnership (SFP) released on Aug.22nd its annual sustainability overview of reduction fisheries for 2016. 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). It does not include reduction fisheries in Asia because of limited data availability.
For the 20 stocks analyzed, the report concludes that only 3.8 percent of the total catch volume of the reduction fisheries come from stocks in very good condition. As in last year´s overview, this corresponds to a single fishery: Antarctic krill – Atlantic Southern Ocean.
Sadly, less than 60 percent of the volume of fish assessed by this report comes from fisheries that can be considered well managed, a situation that has not improved in recent years. 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, as stated by Mr. Blake Lee-Harwood, Strategy Director at Sustainable Fisheries Partnership