This report provides 50 interviews from fisheries that are moving towards sustainability. It takes the approach of speaking to those who are directly involved in fishing, earn their livelihoods on a daily basis from fishing and often work at the sharp end in dangerous conditions. These are the people, together with partners, who are working to change their fisheries from ones characterised by overexploitation or poor management to sustainable fisheries using innovative management measures and a great deal of hard work.
The Prince’s Charities’ International Sustainability Unit commissioned this work as part of their overall aim to facilitate consensus on how to address key challenges facing wild fisheries. In the wider discussion on marine fisheries, there is often considerable focus on the problems but less air time given to examples where there have been successful transitions made towards sustainability. The ISU was therefore interested in showcasing examples where improvements have been made and learn from how the changes took place, what the real drivers were behind the scenes, and the resulting benefits and costs in environmental, economic and social terms.
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is a non-profit organization whose mandate is the longterm protection of the world’s marine fisheries and the associated ecological components. Through a process of consultation with various stakeholders over a two-year period commencing in 1996, the MSC established its standard for well-managed and sustainable fisheries called the “Principles and Criteria of Sustainable Fishing” (MSC P&C’s).
Norpac Fisheries Export Managing Member Thomas Kraft Attends HRH The Prince of Wales’ Address on Sustainable Management of Fisheries Report
Norpac Fisheries Export Managing Member Thomas Kraft was in London last week for the February 3 release of the International Sustainability Unit (ISU) report on the sustainable management of fisheries, addressed by Charles, Prince of Wales. The speech marked the launch of the ISU’s marine program to build a global consensus on sustainable fisheries management.