MSC were one of a number of companies and organisations from across the seafood supply chain to share a raft of commitments in support of the Our Ocean conference, hosted by the European Union and opening in Malta today. The 2-day meeting aims to inspire joint solutions and ambitious commitments in managing our oceans sustainably. The Leaders for a Living Ocean, an initiative from the Marine Stewardship Council MSCbrings together 27 companies from around the world who are committed to increasing supply, trade and availability of certified, traceable, sustainable seafood.
Here are the five most detrimental fishing practices affecting the underwater world today, and some thoughts on what we can do to stop it. The large fish that many of us are familiar with such as tuna and snapper are particularly vulnerable to this, as they live many years and are slow to reproduce.
Removing these prey species from the marine environment impact predators and the aquatic ecosystem. BYCATCH Bycatch refers to the fish, seafood, turtles, seabirds and other animals that are not targeted by fisheries, but are incidentally caught by broad-sweeping fishing mechanisms like gillnets and bottom trawls.
Gillnets are huge nets that spread miles wide, catching anything that swims into them, including sharks, sea turtles, and dolphins.
Bottom trawls comb the bottom of the sea, dragging creatures, coral, and anything else in its path along with it. Both these methods account for the careless and wasteful deaths of countless sea creatures every day. The stats on bycatch are astounding.
Seafood Watch estimates that up to six pounds of other species are discarded for every pound of shrimp caught.
First, imposing catch limits that reduce over-fishing would go a long way to ensuring the health of vulnerable species and the marine environment. Second, would be imposing basic regulations that require fisheries to use devices that reduce the impact of their tools and machinery on vulnerable species and the sea floor.
This takes many forms, including: This issue goes hand-in-hand with having a more advanced and better enforced regulatory system for the industry. Consumers supply the demand!Restaurants are going green and implementing sustainable practices to conserve energy and provide healthier offerings.
As restaurants race toward trends the millennial generation embraces, environment- and animal-friendly initiatives are picking up speed. Fearing a global deal will lead to more regulation, pushback is likely from industry as well as from major high seas fishing nations such as China, Japan, South Korea and Spain.
Transforming Transshipment Transshipment, or the transfer of catch between a fishing vessel and a carrier vessel, is an important part of the global commercial fishing industry.
But despite the vast impact on international fisheries, current regulatory control and monitoring of transshipment is. The global fishing industry employs around million people and generates $80 billion each year.
Sustainable and responsible fishing methods maintain catch at regeneration levels, reduce the amount of bycatch, allow declining species to recover, and keep the delicate balance of marine ecosystems intact.
According to marine ecologist Chris Frid, the fishing industry points to marine pollution and global warming as the causes of recent, unprecedented declines in fish populations.
Frid counters that overfishing has also altered the way the ecosystem works. Fishskin is defined as a single gesture that helps to unify the two existing bars at the Boston Fish Pier, taking their distinct and separated nature and reuniting them.
A new wall-enclosure system wraps the existing buildings and subtly changes their form and profile- transforming, protecting, and camouflaging them-much like a fish’s skin does.