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18th Apr 13Managed by Chatham House
Financed by DEFRA
Eco-scheme seeks opinions on sustainable seafood
Friend of the Sea - an eco-labelling scheme for marine capture fisheries and aquaculture - is conducting an online opinion poll regarding sustainable seafood certification.
The poll, entitled 'Can certified sustainable seafood originate from fisheries targeting overexploited or depleted stocks?', aims to establish which standards certification schemes should use.
According to Friend of the Sea, the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) 'Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of fish and fishery products from marine capture fisheries' indicate among the "minimum substantive requirements and criteria for ecolabels" (art.30) that the "stock under consideration is not overfished [...]".
Friend of the Sea says its criteria requires categorically that in order for a product to be ecolabelled as sustainable it must originate from a stock which is not overexploited according to the updated information from FAO, regional fishery bodies or national marine research Institutes. For this reason Friend of the Sea has not certified products from overexploited fisheries.
However, it claims other schemes have certified fisheries which "insist on overexploited or even depleted stocks".
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