This video is called Overfishing – The consequences.
Seafood stewardship in crisis
Published online 01 September 2010
The main consumer-targeted certification scheme for sustainable fisheries is failing to protect the environment and needs radical reform, say Jennifer Jacquet, Daniel Pauly and colleagues.
A growing number of consumers want to eat seafood without feeling guilty. Enter the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), which purports to certify sustainable fisheries and provides a label for sustainable products to “promote the best environmental choice in seafood”. The MSC is growing rapidly; the organization is also rapidly failing on its promise.
The MSC has become the world’s most established fisheries certifier: 94 fisheries are currently MSC-certified, accounting for about 7% of global catch, and about 118 more are under assessment. MSC-certified seafood products, identified with a blue check-mark label, pack the shelves of stores such as Wal-Mart, Whole Foods Market and Waitrose. Although other certification schemes exist, such as Friend of the Sea based in Milan, Italy, the MSC is taken most seriously by scientists. The MSC is praised in Jared Diamond’s book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (2005), and is featured as a solution to declining fish stocks in the 2009 film The End of the Line.
However, objections to MSC certifications are growing. Scores of scientists (including ourselves) and many conservation groups, including Greenpeace, the Pew Environment Group and some national branches of the WWF, have protested over various MSC procedures or certifications. We believe that, as the MSC increasingly risks its credibility, the planet risks losing more wild fish and healthy marine ecosystems.
This can be turned around only if the MSC creates more stringent standards, cracks down on arguably loose interpretation of its rules, and alters its process to avoid a potential financial incentive to certify large fisheries.
Global fisheries research finds promise and peril: here.
Guardian: Fish: the forgotten victims on our plate, by Peter Singer: here.
North Sea fishermen are throwing away up to half of all the fish they catch every year in what campaigners say is a chronic waste of food: here.
A guide to help consumers play their role in conserving the fish supply: here.
Old ignored records yield 200 years’ worth of info on fish populations /via @WiredScience: here.
The Spatial Expansion and Ecological Footprint of Fisheries (1950 to Present): here.
We need to take destructive fishing ships off the water and set EU quotas advised by scientists: here.
Arctic fisheries’ catches 75 times higher than previous reports: Researchers estimate: here.
Fish face overexploitation even in Arctic, study finds: here.