Faster Progress Needed for Sustainable Fisheries

Faster Progress Needed for Sustainable Fisheries

The world’s fisheries have long posed severe environmental issues, particularly with regard to overharvesting and the depletion of species. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has promoted sustainable practices with its MSC certification, which now accounts for 17% of the world’s wild marine catch according to a new report.
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More Fisheries Sustainable
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By the end of March 2020, over 400 fisheries ( Learn morethem.
As a result, the number of MSC-labeled ( Learn more
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Consumers Care About Sustainability
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Sustainability matters to consumers, too: independent global market research firm GlobeScan found that sustainability is now ranking higher than price as a motivator for seafood consumers.
As MSC CEO Rupert Howes explains, although the MSC’s latest consumer trends survey was carried out before the pandemic, “all the signs we are seeing suggest that these trends will continue as people reflect on what matters to them and place greater emphasis on health and wellbeing.”
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More Progress Toward Sustainable Seafood Vital
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This is all very good, but more progress is needed, and faster. A UN report from earlier this year found that more than one in three of the world’s fish stocks are now overfished, meaning they will be hard-pressed to replenish themselves. This is a part of a trend that is ongoing: the number of overfished stocks has increased since the UN last reported on the issue two years ago.
The MSC is being joined by NGOs, governments, and businesses in calling for sustainable fisheries and seafood.
 As Howes explains, the coming decade will be pivotal: “We have a route map agreed by 193 nations to fulfil the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030; including Goal 14: Life Below Water — which calls on us all to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. Let us use this opportunity to redouble our efforts and deliver.”
 

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