Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
United States
Subscribe to FIS | Register with FIS | Advertise with FIS | Newsletter | About FIS | Contact us
   


Snapper. (Photo: Stock File)

Poor global trade control harms fish stocks

Click on the flag for more information about United Kingdom UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 02:20 (GMT + 9)

Researchers from the University of Salford have concluded that the conservation of dwindling fish stocks is being severely hampered by poor controls on global trade.

As part of the study, these scientists looked at global production and trade statistics of the popular 'snapper' fish and uncovered that wide inconsistencies in records meant that the officially reported snapper trade may be underestimated by more than 70 per cent.

The team of researchers discovered the existence of major discrepancies between imports reported by the Unites States (US), the world's largest consumer of snapper, and exports declared by its chief suppliers – Mexico, Panama and Brazil.

Likewise, they point out that while New Zealand reports hefty snapper exports, the study suggests that the traded fish is actually silver seabream – local referred to as 'snapper', but belonging to a different fish family. Consequently, global snapper exports are inflated by almost 30 per cent.

The researchers suggest that the discrepancies are likely to happen for other valuable and exploited fish that do not have detailed trade codes, such as groupers, croakers and the orange roughy.

"Without the ability to accurately track fish species in trade, or to link provenance with consumption, vulnerable stocks of snapper and other fish may be overexploited instead of protected," said Stefano Mariani, professor of conservation genetics.

"Equally problematic is that rare species are being traded under the radar, with consumers being sold a different product to the name on the label, both in shops and restaurants,” Mariani clarified.

The team argues that part of the problem is that the global trade classification system treats fish with a broad brush description, allowing heavily-exploited species to be lumped under generic trade codes.

"The snapper family comprises more than 100 species; highly variable in number, distribution, value and vulnerability to overfishing. Yet, these species largely lose their identities once they are hauled from the water and shipped to foreign destinations," says lead researcher, Dr Donna- Mareè Cawthorn.

Cawthorn used "mirror statistics", comparing export and import statistics drawn from customs databases for every country trading in snappers, and cross-checking the data against official snapper trade reported to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

"The total global imports of a commodity should be equal to the global exports, whenever you spot mismatches, it means that there is some country that is not reporting either some import or some export, or both," she explains, adding that unreported trade could potentially involve illegally-caught produce.

Snappers are one of the US's most prized seafoods, with fresh fillets potentially fetching upward of USD 75 per kilo. The red snapper is currently at the centre of a battle between the Trump administration and conservationists who say recreational fishing is endangering the species.

The study findings were published Monday in the journal Scientific Reports.
 
[email protected]
www.fis.com


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
Germany
Jun 24, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Sticklebacks infected with parasites influence behavior of healthy fish
United States
Jun 24, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Fish wars loom as climate change pushes lobster, cod, and other species north
United States
Jun 24, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Unlikely advocates: Chefs call on Congress to defend sustainable U.S. fisheries
Iceland
Jun 24, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - HB Grandi: Changes in management from 1st of October 2018
Norway
Jun 24, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest : Northern Harvest update: No-Action Letter from the Canadian Competition Bureau
South Korea
Jun 23, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
Bluefin tuna farmed in South Korea to reach the market soon
Singapore
Jun 23, 02:50 (GMT + 9):
Aquatech start-up raises USD 8.2 million for research and development
South Africa
Jun 23, 01:50 (GMT + 9):
Green light given to proposed aquaculture project in Saldanha Bay
India
Jun 23, 01:00 (GMT + 9):
New aquaculture complex will help black tiger shrimp industry to bounce back
United Kingdom
Jun 23, 00:50 (GMT + 9):
Young’s Seafood to increase sales to US after deal with Albertsons
United Kingdom
Jun 22, 23:10 (GMT + 9):
Young's Seafood fails to retain Asda significant contract
European Union
Jun 22, 22:50 (GMT + 9):
Spanish tuna fleet offers EC to use responsible fishing standard
United States
Jun 22, 22:30 (GMT + 9):
Maryland to grant USD 375,000 to promote blue crab industry
France
Jun 22, 21:40 (GMT + 9):
Stef expands logistics operations through Express Maree purchase
Canada
Jun 22, 19:40 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest | Northern Harvest update: No-Action Letter from the Canadian Competition Bureau



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
Canary Islands one-by-one tuna fishermen become part of the IPNLF Member network
United Kingdom LONDON - Organización de Productores de Túnidos y Pesca Fresca (Optuna No 42), the non-profit tuna producer organisation based on the island of Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands has becom...
Fishermen affected by hurricanes and fishing disasters to be granted USD 200 million
United States The fishermen that had been affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017 as well as the firms and communities depending on them will be granted USD 200 million in disaster funding appropriated by Congress.
A quarter of seafood sold in Vancouver is mislabelled
Canada A University of British Columbia study determined that 25 per cent of the tested seafood collected in Metro Vancouver grocery stores, restaurants and sushi bars was not what their labels indicated.
Young’s Seafood to increase sales to US after deal with Albertsons
United Kingdom Six months after launching its brand in the US, Young’s Seafood Limited is announcing further growth with increased distribution, new products and extensions to the existing lines.
 
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation -Headquarter-
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation -Wartsila Group Headquarter-
ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH+Co.KG (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd. - Group Headquarters
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Holding Company (Pty) Ltd.
Blue Continent Products (Pty) Ltd - (Oceana Group Limited)
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods Inc. -Headquarter-
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO -Food and Agriculture Organization- Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Omega Protein Corporation -Headquarter-
Marona S.A.
Marine Harvest ASA - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. - Headquarters
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
Mitsubishi Corporation Marine Products Depts. D.Team
CJ Corporation  - Group Headquarters
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands | Headquarters
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
NOREBO Group (former Ocean Trawlers Group)
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation -Headquarter-
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart / Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) -Headquarter-
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
INVE Group - Head Office
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
Morpol ASA - Group Headquarters
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2018 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER