The Marine Stewardship Council has welcomed the FAO's call to ensure that all fish stocks are managed within biologically sustainable limits.
Chief executive of the Marine Stewardship Council, Rupert Howes, explained, "This is essential to safeguard seafood supplies. The MSC provides a benchmark and tools to help fisheries all over the world achieve this.”
Responding to The State Of The World’s Fishing And Aquaculture Report 2020, published by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, he commented, “The world’s appetite for seafood is greater than ever. But if we are to continue to meet future demands, we must accelerate the uptake of sustainable fisheries management globally.
Howes stated that more than a third of fisheries (34.2%) are operating at unsustainable levels, with the trend continuing to worsen slightly.
However, encouraging signs of stock recovery were witnessed for species where effective management has been implemented, such as Skipjack tuna, Alaska pollock and Atlantic cod.
Furthermore, he also highlighted that the global seafood industry has moved at speed to adapt to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, saying, "when we emerge from this crisis, it is vital that we ‘build back better’, with sustainability at its heart."
“We know what works: establishing science-based management regimes, ending harmful subsidies, effective harvest control rules and clamping down on illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing."