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


British Columbia sockeye fishery certification is strongly criticised by environmentalists. (Photo: Stock File/ FIS

MSC criticised for sockeye certification

Click on the flag for more information about Canada CANADA
Friday, January 22, 2010, 21:40 (GMT + 9)

British Columbia's sockeye fishery – including the troubled Fraser River run – is about to get international certification as a sustainable fishery from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) .

The decision by the MSC to certify the fishery has led to harsh criticism in British Columbia with environmental groups saying the eco-labelling program has lost its credibility, reports The Globe and Mail.

Bruce Hill, co-ordinator of The Headwaters Initiative, a group working to preserve rivers in British Columbia, said sockeye stocks in both the Fraser and Skeena are in decline and it would be “absurd” to certify the fisheries as sustainable.

“If they continue with what they are doing and certify the Skeena and the Fraser it's nothing more than eco-fraud and green washing,” said Hill.

Hill also said that the MSC program has become more of a marketing tool than a way to promote sustainable fisheries and that environmental groups should look at finding alternative certification systems to support.

Last autumn in the Fraser, only about 1 million fish returned, instead of the 10.6 million expected. That dramatic shortfall led to fishery closures and convinced Prime Minister Stephen Harper to order a judicial inquiry.

Jeffrey Young, Aquatic Biologist at the David Suzuki Foundation, said that “the Fraser fishery continues to threaten endangered sockeye and there isn't really an overall rebuilding plan . . . we think certification should at least be withheld until the results of the judicial inquiry are provided and COSEWIC... completes its review.”

“In the past we've supported some MSC certifications and we're hopeful to do that again in the future. But... if this kind of trend continues, of certifying clearly unsustainable fisheries... it will significantly diminish the value of the MSC,” said Young.

Kerry Coughlin, the MSC Regional Director for the Americas, said the organization felt it wasn't necessary to wait for the results of the judicial inquiry, or for the COSEWIC study, because any findings could be considered later.

“There is always data coming in... and our system is set up to take that into account, but at some point, if you continue to hold for more data and more data it becomes completely endless,” she said.

Coughlin said the MSC process assesses how a fishery is managed, not at how stocks vary from year to year. The closure of all fishing on the Fraser last year was a sign of appropriate management. In an unsustainable fishery, she said, fishing would have been allowed to continue, she said.

Related article:

- Missing salmon stocks to be probed: PM

By Michel Loubet
editorial@fis.com
www.fis.com


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
United States
Feb 21, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - ASU startup uses a bucket of fish to grow produce
Australia
Feb 21, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Department sends strong message on illegal fishing
United Kingdom
Feb 21, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Fishing Republic says annual results will be in line with forecasts Share
United States
Feb 21, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - World Fish Oil Market: Wide-scale Development of Aquaculture Reveals Mammoth Opportunity for Growth
Worldwide
Feb 21, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
IFFO clarifies some issues regarding marine ingredients
Norway
Feb 21, 02:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Cermaq - #1 in transparency on sustainability – presents Q4 performance
China
Feb 21, 02:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Alltech continues commitment to aquaculture research
Nigeria
Feb 21, 02:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Fish insufficiency: Expert tasks FG to provide tight security for aquatic farmers
United Kingdom
Feb 21, 02:30 (GMT + 9):
Scottish companies receive GBP 6 million from EMFF
Peru
Feb 21, 02:20 (GMT + 9):
Fishing for human consumption generates USD 908 million in exports
Japan
Feb 21, 02:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Fisheries Agency to punish violators of bluefin catch limits from 2018
Worldwide
Feb 21, 01:50 (GMT + 9):
ASEAN could generate 24pc of global fish production in 2030
Netherlands
Feb 21, 00:40 (GMT + 9):
Dutch producer opens fish feed factory in Egypt
Spain
Feb 21, 00:30 (GMT + 9):
Spanish and Portuguese canneries join forces to boost their competitiveness
Iceland
Feb 20, 23:50 (GMT + 9):
Fishermen strike ends



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
Fluorescent polymer detects mercury contamination in fish
Spain Researchers at the University of Burgos have manufactured a fluorescent polymer, called JG25, capable of detecting the presence of mercury, in both organic and inorganic form, in fish.
Global fisheries lose more than USD 80 billion a year, according to study
Worldwide A new report by the World Bank confirms that overexploitation is not a good strategy to manage a renewable natural resource like fish stocks, for steady profits, reliable jobs and long-term growth.
New World Currents satisfied with its results and perspectives
Chile The results obtained by New World Currents were highly satisfactory, according to its executive director, Eduardo Goycoolea.
Government proposes plan to resolve fishermen's strike
Iceland The Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture met with negotiating committees of Icelandic fishermen and representatives of fisheries after a full day of negotiations.
 
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
Nueva Pescanova, S.L. - Group Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd.
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.
Food Project (Siam) Co., 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. -Headquarter-
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
Mitsubishi Corporation Marine Products Depts. D.Team
CJ Corporation  -Holding Headquarter-
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
Ocean Trawlers Group - Ocean Trawlers HK Ltd.
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 - 2017 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER