Conserving fish stocks

Responsibly-sourced seafood lies at the heart of a sustainable 21st-century seafood industry.

In partnership with the fishing and aquaculture industries, we are involved in a number of important initiatives to protect fish stocks for future generations. We also monitor the progress of wider industry initiatives and key legislation relating to the protection of fish stocks.

There are several key issues which have to be addressed if we are to ensure a continued supply of responsibly sourced seafood:

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing

Unauthorised fishing and all fishing activities that are a serious breach of national, regional or international rules or laws are termed Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Data limited fisheries

Data limited fisheries are those fisheries where stock assessments are not feasible, yet they provide continuing yields for fisheries.

Recognising the need for a shared understanding of how fish stocks are assessed and fisheries are managed, Seafish has produced an Overview of Data-Limited Stock Assessment, which gives an overview of how fish stocks are assessed when there isn’t sufficient data available to use conventional models. The Overview is supported with a more in-depth document Guide to Data-Limited Stock Assessment

These documents form a suite of Sustainable Fisheries Assessment and Management Guides.

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