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31Aug

PFA and Greenpeace sign MoU on sustainable pelagic fisheries


31 August 2016

 

The Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association (PFA) and its member companies Parlevliet & Van der Plas, Cornelis Vrolijk and W. van der Zwan, signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Greenpeace. Shared objective is to achieve a sustainable (pelagic) fisheries, such as the herring and mackerel fishery, and a healthy balance between fisheries and the marine environment. PFA will not explore until now unfished areas in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

 

The agreements in the MoU recognize the leading role of the PFA:

  • in the collection of scientific data and scientific research regarding (pelagic) resources, avoiding bycatch, improving selectivity and the impact on the marine ecosystem, and
  • in constructively contributing to effective fisheries management in all regions where members of the PFA have a pelagic fishing operation.
  • Both parties also agreed that the PFA member companies refrain from entering into fishing in the until now unfished areas in the Arctic and Antarctic and to work together in improving regional fisheries management in West Africa.

PFA and Greenpeace will entertain an ongoing dialogue on all issues listed in the MoU.

The duration of the agreement is set at ten years.

 

MoU:

/media/afbeeldingen/20160831 - MoU Greenpeace-PFA - agreed text (FINAL) (Signed version).pdf

 

Press Statement:

/media/afbeeldingen/20160831 - Joint press statement Greenpeace PFA and VNO - ENG .pdf

 

Persbericht:

/media/afbeeldingen/20160831 - Gezamenlijk persbericht van Greenpeace PFA en VNO - NL.pdf

 

Picture taken by Nina Slagmolen:

/media/afbeeldingen/20160831 - signing MoU GP-PFA.pdf

 

 


31May

Announcement: PFA mackerel client group processors and ‘Under-Assessment Product’


31 May 2016

/media/afbeeldingen/20160531 - PFA client group MSC mackerel (DEF-DEF) - announcement PFA website.pdf


11May

Press release: Mackerel wins back its certified sustainable status


11 May 2016

/media/afbeeldingen/Press release Mackerel wins back its certified sustainable status.pdf


11May

Persbericht: Makreel herovert zijn duurzame status


11 May 2016

/media/afbeeldingen/persbericht MSC - Makreel herovert zijn duurzame status.pdf

 


10May

PFA participates in International Mackerel and Horse Mackerel Egg survey


10 May 2016

On May 10, 2016 the Atlantic Lady (H180) freezer trawler will sail out of the port of Scheveningen to participate in the tri-annual international mackerel and horse mackerel egg survey. On board will be the crew of the vessel with Dirk Haasnoot as skipper and 5 researchers of IMARES with Cindy van Damme as cruise leader. The PFA is proud to be able to support the international egg survey by providing a vessel and crew and funding for the research. The tri-annual egg survey for mackerel and horse mackerel is an important part of the assessments of those stocks.

The contribution of the pelagic industry to the egg survey is the result of a close collaboration between industry and science that was initiated last year with an ad hoc pre-egg survey survey. This year the fishing industries of Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands are each contributing a two week period of survey time and a survey platform. Results of the survey will be collated into the international egg survey report.

More information

 


29Apr

Statement in response to the release of the Atlantic documentary in Ireland


29 April 2016

Catching with care
 

Statement in response to the release of the Atlantic documentary in Ireland.
 

The recently released documentary Atlantic includes references to PFA member vessels, raising questions over the manner in which they operate. The PFA prides itself on the fact all its member vessels fish legally in an ethical, sustainable and responsible manner, whether operating in Irish waters or elsewhere.
 

PFA member vessels operate within the quota system set according to the Common Fisheries Policy and employ a range of measures to ensure their operation is as environmentally friendly as possible.
 

Since January 2015, the pelagic fishing industry has been under an EU-wide discard ban meaning that everything that is caught is accounted for and landed. The pelagic industry was the first to see the discard ban introduced due to the fact its operations were largely discard free.
 

Furthermore, pelagic vessels have a widely acknowledged low level of bycatch. They are targeting large, mid water shoals of fish and are highly effective at pinpointing these. Due to this, bycatch is very low – between 0 and 5 per cent depending on the vessel and the stock they are targeting. To say our members are discarding high numbers of fish is simply not true.
 

The PFA believes pelagic freezer vessels are being unfairly targeted in some Irish media and vilified with often spurious claims. The term ‘supertrawlers’ is in essence a misnomer. While these vessels are large, around 80% of this size is taken up by the on-board sorting, freezing, processing and storage departments. Pelagic freezer vessels only catch what they are able to freeze – which is between 80 and 400 tonnes in 24 hours, depending the size of the freezer-trawler.
Smaller pelagic trawlers landing fresh fish often catch much more than this in one day, sometimes up to 1,000 tonnes.
 

PFA members are committed to operating in a legal, professional and sustainable manner and this underlines all our activity in Irish waters and beyond.


11Feb

Press release: First North Atlantic blue whiting fisheries become MSC certified


11 February 2016

Press Release 


First North Atlantic blue whiting fisheries become MSC Certified 


February 11th, 2016 


Two thirds of the total catch of North East Atlantic blue whiting (Micromesistious poutassaou) has achieved
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for sustainable fishing practices. Fishers from Denmark, The
Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland and France have worked in collaboration to receive the MSC certification.
The group consists of the Pelagic Freezer Trawler Association (NL, UK, DE, F, LT), Danish Pelagic Producers
Organisation, Killybegs Fishermen´s Organisation Ltd (IRL), Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group Ltd (UK)
and Compagnie des Peches de Saint Malo (F). 


Gerard van Balsfoort from the Pelagic Freezer Trawler Association (PFA) who coordinated and represented
the client group during the certification process comments: “I am very pleased that the members of the five
fisheries organisations have received MSC certification for the Northeast Atlantic Blue Whiting fishery. It
once again underlines the long term commitment and cooperation of the EU pelagic fleets in ensuring
sustainable fisheries management and selective fishing practices”. 


Highly selective fishing techniques 


The combined fleet of 72 fishing vessels pursue the same target stock of blue whiting, using pelagic
(midwater) trawl, which is a very selective fishing method in terms of the fish species it captures. Blue
whiting makes up at least 99% of the average total catch composition of the client fleets.
Echosounding equipment enables skippers to identify blue whiting from its characteristic signal type, depth
and location. Once identified, the net is deployed and fishing commences using sonar to show the shoal
size and swimming direction. Due to the aggregating nature of blue whiting at spawning time, hauls are
very short, typically 10‐20 min which also minimises bycatch species.
Four of the certified fisheries sell mainly for human consumption including surimi (fish sticks) and fish pie
fillings, while DPPO also supplies the fishmeal industry. There is an increasing demand for blue whiting in
African and Chinese markets for human consumption. 


A growing stock 


Blue whiting is a cod‐like fish most commonly around 25cm long. It is found in a depth range of 150 to
3000m, but most commonly at 300‐400m and is distributed widely throughout the North‐eastern Atlantic.
Stocks have been steadily increasing since 2011. 


The modern blue whiting fishery developed during the second half of the 1970s and the fishing grounds are
well known from fishermen’s experience and scientific surveys. In 2013 the vessels included in this
certification landed 73,000 tonnes. The agreed total allowable catch in 2013 for the northern area in the EU
was 116,032 tonnes. Going forward the majority of the blue whiting landed from the northern area will be
from MSC certified fisheries. 


“The certification of the blue whiting fishery is a fantastic achievement for these fishers, and an example of
what can be achieved with fishing organisations work together for mutual benefit.” Said MSC Europe
Director, Camiel Derichs, “A significant part of the catches of this fleet will find its way to human
consumtion markets, including surimi production. However, a sizable portion is used for the production of
fishmeal and oil. This fits well in a trend we observe, where a growing interest amongst fishmeal and oil
producers for credible verification of sustainability incentivices reduction fisheries to seek MSC
certification. The collaboration between these fishers, and their commitment to MSC certification will help
to protect the stocks and ensure a strong future for the blue whiting industry. We are delighted that the
certification of blue whiting is approved and welcome the commitment among the fisheries to ensure that
their blue whiting catch is sustainable. “ 


The MSC certification is valid for five years and the assessment has been carried out by independent
auditors from ME Certification ltd. 

 


Note to editors:
For questions or more information please contact Gerard van Balsfoort of the Pelagic Freezer‐trawler
Association on gbalsfoort@pelagicfish.eu or telephone +31 651 411 431. 


About the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) 


The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an international non‐profit organization. Our vision is for the
world’s oceans to be teeming with life, and seafood supplies safeguarded for this and future generations.
Our ecolabel and certification program recognises and rewards sustainable fishing practices and is helping
create a more sustainable seafood market. 


The MSC ecolabel on a seafood product means that: 


♦ It comes from a wild‐catch fishery which has been independently certified to the MSC’s sciencebased
standard for environmentally sustainable fishing.
♦ It’s fully traceable to a sustainable source. 


More than 250 fisheries in over 30 countries are certified to the MSC’s Standard. These fisheries have a
combined annual seafood production of almost nine million metric tonnes, representing close to 10% of
annual global yields. More than 19,000 seafood products worldwide carry the MSC ecolabel. For more
information visit www.msc.org


11Feb

Persbericht: Eerste Noord-Atlantische visserij op blauwe wijting MSC gecertificeerd


11 February 2016

Persbericht 


Eerste Noord‐Atlantische visserij op blauwe wijting MSC gecertificeerd

Den Haag, 11 februari 2016 ‐Twee derde van de totale vangst van blauwe wijting (Micromesistious
poutassaou) in de Noord‐Atlantische Oceaan is Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) gecertificeerd voor
duurzame visserij. Vissers uit Nederland, Denemarken, Ierland, Schotland en Frankrijk hebben samen gewerkt om het MSC certificaat te verkrijgen. De groep bestaat uit de Pelagic Freezer Trawler Association (NL, DE, UK, F, LT), de Danish Pelagic Producers Organisation, Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation Ltd (IRL), de Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group Ltd en de Compagnie des Peches de Saint‐Malo (F). 


Gerard van Balsfoort van de Pelagic Freezer Trawler Association (PFA), die namens de vijf visserijorganisaties
het certificeringsproces coördineerde en begeleidde, zegt: "Ik ben zeer verheugd dat de leden van de vijf
visserijorganisaties MSC‐certificatie hebben behaald voor de noordoostelijke Atlantische Oceaan visserij op
blauwe wijting. Het onderstreept eens te meer de lange termijn inzet en medewerking van de EU pelagische
vloot bij het waarborgen van duurzaam visserijbeheer en selectieve visserijpraktijken". 


Zeer selectieve vistechnieken 


De gecombineerde vloot van 72 schepen vist op hetzelfde visbestand van blauwe wijting, met pelagische (in de
middelste waterlaag) sleepnetten. Dat is een zeer selectieve vismethode voor de vissoorten die gevangen
worden. Blauwe wijting maakt bij deze visserij ten minste 99% van de gemiddelde totale vangst uit.
Akoestische apparatuur maakt het voor vissers mogelijk om blauwe wijting te identificeren door zijn
karakteristieke signaal type, de diepte en de locatie. Eenmaal geïdentificeerd wordt het net uitgezet en begint
de visserij met behulp van sonar om de omvang van de school en zwemrichting te bepalen. Als gevolg van het
samenscholende gedrag van blauwe wijting in de paaitijd zijn de vistrekken zeer kort, meestal 10‐20 minuten,
en is er minimale bijvangst.
Vier van de gecertificeerde visserijen verkopen de vis voornamelijk voor menselijke consumptie, met inbegrip
van surimi (vis sticks), terwijl DPPO ook levert voor de vismeelindustrie. Waar vroeger deze vis zijn bestemming
vond in de vismeelproductie, is er de afgelopen jaren voor blauwe wijting een afzetmarkt voor menselijke
consumptie opgebouwd in Afrika en China. 


Een groeiend visbestand 


Blauwe wijting is een kabeljauwachtige vis van rond de 25 cm lang. Ze bevinden zich op een diepte van 150 tot
3.000m, maar meestal tussen de 300‐400m. Het verspreidingsgebied is het noordoostelijk deel van de
Atlantische Oceaan. Het visbestand neemt gestaag toe sinds 2011. 


De moderne visserij op blauwe wijting is ontwikkeld tijdens de tweede helft van de jaren 1970 en de
visgronden zijn bekend bij vissers en wetenschappers. In 2013 heeft de vloot die binnen deze certificering valt
73.000 ton aangeland. De overeengekomen totaal toegestane vangst voor de noordelijke regio in de EU
bedroeg 116.032 ton in 2013. Vanaf nu zal derhalve het grootste deel van de noordelijke blauwe wijting in de
EU MSC gecertificeerd zijn. 


“Wij verwelkomen de certificering van deze selectieve visserij en zijn verheugd met de internationale
samenwerking van visserijbedrijven. Zeker in een tijd waarin goede internationale afspraken in visserijbeheer
steeds noodzakelijker blijken.
” Zegt de woordvoerder van MSC Benelux Hans Nieuwenhuis


De MSC certificering is vijf jaar geldig en de beoordeling is uitgevoerd door onafhankelijke auditors van ME
Certification ltd.
 

Noot voor de redactie: 


Voor vragen of meer informatie kunt u contact opnemen met:
‐ Mieke Snoek
Marine Stewardship Council
Communications Manager, Nederland
Email: mieke.snoek@msc.org
Phone: +31 6 8122 2647 


‐ Gerard van Balsfoort
Pelagic Freezer‐trawler Association
Email: gbalsfoort@pelagicfish.eu
Phone: 06 51 411 431. 


Over Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) 


De Marine Stewardship Council is een internationale non‐profit organisatie. Onze visie is dat oceanen weer
krioelen van leven en dat vis‐, schaal‐ en schelpdierbestanden voor deze en volgende generaties worden veilig
gesteld. Ons keurmerk en certificeringsprogramma erkent en beloont duurzame visserijen en helpt de markt
voor vis, schaal‐, en schelpdieren te veranderen naar een meer duurzame basis. 


Het MSC‐keurmerk op een vis‐, schaal‐ en schelpdierproduct betekent dat:
‐ het van een wildgevangen visserij komt die onafhankelijk tegen de op wetenschap berustende MSC standaard voor milieubewust en duurzaam vissen gecertificeerd is.
‐ volledig traceerbaar is naar een duurzame bron 


Meer dan 260 visserijen in meer dan 35 landen zijn MSC gecertificeerd. Gezamenlijk brengen deze visserijen
bijna 9 miljoen ton aan land. Dit is rond de 10% van de vis die wereldwijd gevangen wordt. Wereldwijd dragen meer dan 19.000 producten het MSC‐keurmerk. Meer informatie: http://www.msc.org/nl.
 


19Jun

Ministry, regulation and control visit PFA vessels in IJmuiden


19 June 2015

The Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs (EZ), the regulation department (RVO) and the control authority (NVWA) came to visit PFA in IJmuiden on 19 June 2015. After general introductions on pelagic fisheries and how PFA deals with the landing obligation, the guests were shown around on the SCH72 (Frank Bonefaas), the ROS785 (Helen Mary) and ROS777 (Mark). Some impressions: /media/afbeeldingen/DSC00895 (Small).jpg/media/afbeeldingen/DSC00871 (Small).JPG/media/afbeeldingen/DSC00880 (Small).JPG/media/afbeeldingen/DSC00893 (Small).JPG

 


16Jun

International workshop on the use of acoustic data from Fishing vessels


16 June 2015

On 12 June 2015, PFA organized on behalf of the EU pelagic fishing industry, a workshop on the use of fishing vessel acoustics for research. The workshop was held at Schiphol airport and was well attended by skippers, fleet managers and researchers. With the help of presentations from different parts of the world (New Zealand, Canada, Peru, Europe) we managed to develop a broad picture of the potential use and method for assembling fishing vessel acoustic data for research purposes. The acoustic data from fishing vessels could broadly be used for two different purposes: quantitative data directed at stock estimation and stock assessment, and qualitative data on overall trends and distributions within marine ecosystems. The overall driver could be to collect data where traditional research activities cannot reach (e.g. remote areas, rough weather, many vessels at the same time). More information in the report of the workshop.


03Jun

Press release Europêche: Fishing for fairness in Africa


3 June 2015

Press release Europêche: Fishing for fairness in Africa 

http://chil.me/post/61945/fishing-for-fairness-in-africa


04Mar

Press release: European fishermen and WFO pledge to eliminate marine litter


4 March 2015

European fishermen and wfo pledge to eliminate marine litter


20Mar

Europeche strengthens its work to support fishing industry of Europe


20 March 2015

EUROPECHE STRENGTHENS ITS WORK TO SUPPORT FISHING INDUSTRY OF EUROPE

Appointment of new Managing Director signals fresh drive to communicate the modern face of the sector to the public and policymakers

 

Press release:

March 2015

 

Europêche, the foremost trade body representing the fishing industry in Europe, is strengthening its activities to champion the sector and ensure its vital contribution to the economy, social fabric and food supply chain is fully recognised by EU policymakers.

 

With twelve member organisations across nine countries, Europêche represents 80,000 fishermen and 45,000 vessels within the EU fleet and which provide 48bn fish-based meals a year, injecting €41.3bn into the European economy.

 

Europêche plays a leading role in ensuring the views of fishermen and the concerns of the industry are heard in the European Commission, Council and Parliament when setting policy and regulations.  It is focused on supporting what it calls its ‘three pillars of sustainability’ – environmental, social and economic.

 

As part of the organisation’s reinvigorated approach, it has appointed Kathryn Stack, former Senior Policy Adviser on Fisheries Policy in the European Parliament, as Managing Director.

 

She said:

 

“The European fishing industry is the most well managed and regulated in the world. With tens of thousands of fishermen and their families relying on the industry for work, millions relying on it for food and Governments across the continent relying on it to contribute to their economies, the fishing industry has a greater impact than most people realise.  This is all done whilst we also take a pro-active role in ensuring fishing activities are carried out in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. The fishing industry relies on healthy ecosystems for abundant stocks. We want a sustainable fishery and a sustainable sector.”

 

Stack continued:

 

“For too long, the sector has struggled to make itself heard among the throng of newly-emerging environmental groups. Fishing is a heavily regulated industry. The fishermen we represent have made huge strides in recent years, not only to comply with new European regulations designed to ensure the sustainability of fishing practices, but also to act proactively to safeguard stock levels and their own livelihood in the years to come. Ultimately, we are all striving towards the same outcome: to ensure resource protection. What is important is that regulation is reasoned and proportionate, based on proven science, good environmental practices and provides for the long-term sustainability of the sector. The current image of the EU fishing industry does not represent the reality of our fishing operations.”

 

Europeche members include the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisation and the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation – the industry bodies which represents the interests of the United Kingdom’s 6,415-strong fleet, which lands 599,523 tonnes of fish each year.

 

Europêche has renewed its drive to illustrate how sustainable and responsible commercial fishing can be. Currently 66 European fisheries hold Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) accreditation, an official recognition of the sustainable fishing practices in operation, with a further 29 currently under assessment.

 

European fishermen operate within strictly defined quotas, which are often set below the Maximum Sustainable Yield advice suggested by scientists. Such a policy has allowed the majority of European fish stocks to experience a significant recovery in recent years, with a recent study declaring that the majority of assessed stocks were being fished sustainably[1].

 

Javier Garat, president of Europêche, said: “ Europêche is here to support  the excellent work done by our fishermen in this crucial industry. Our fishermen deserve appreciation and recognition for the work they do in often challenging conditions to provide food for so many people, whilst also helping towards creating and maintaining a sustainable marine environment.”

 

Ends

For more information contact Ellie Smith or Jack Williams on 0845 4567251, or email ellies@acceleris-mc.com or jackw@acceleris-mc.com.

 

 

 


[1] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23358256

http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822(13)00707-0


29Sep

Press release Europêche: Scientists indicate positive trend in European fisheries


29 September 2014

Press release Europêche: Scientists indicate positive trend in European fisheries


15Oct

PFA presents approach to landing obligation to members of European Parliament


15 October 2014

Martin Pastoors presented the PFA approach to the landing obligation in pelagic fisheries to members of the European Parliament in an information event organized by Europeche. He outlined the work that is carried out by the members of PFA with regards to electronic monitoring, net innovation, species recognition through echosounders and best-use strategies for bycatch. He also indicated that the landing obligation in combination with regional decision-making poses a double challenge to European fishery management. In order to make adapative management possible in this situation, it is necessary to initiate Regional Adaptive Management Groups consisting of representatives of Member States, Advisory Councils, ICES/STECF and European Commission (including control agency). This group would then monitor and adapt during the initial implementation phases of the landing obligation.


10Aug

Open letter of protest of the fishing industry to EU commissioner Damanaki


10 August 2014

Subject:  your blog of 1 August 2014

8 August 2014

Dear Mme Damanaki,

 This week we have been made aware of your personal blog that was posted by you on 1 August 2014 on your website and that was titled “POCKET GUIDE TO YOUR BEACH HOLIDAYS” (http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/damanaki/pocket‐guide‐to‐your‐beach‐holidays/).

 In this blog you formulate a personal advice to the general consumer what seafood to consume during the holiday season. And because this advice is coming from the highest EU authority responsible for formulating and guarding the EU fisheries policy, it will no doubt be taken seriously by the reader.

 Against this background it is shocking to read that the EU Commissioner responsible for fisheries openly advices against consuming seafood caught by driftnets or bottom‐trawlers. Shocking because both fishing methods are entirely legal operations in the EU. Moreover, bottom trawling is one of the major and most widely used fishing methods in the EU, particularly in demersal fisheries. Many of these fisheries are also MSC certified.

 On behalf of the fish Producers Organizations and national fishermen and ship‐owners associations in the Member States we therefore write you this letter in protest. Whatever personal opinion you may have, an EU Commissioner cannot abuse his or her position and authority to economically harm an entire industry by suggesting their operation to be irresponsible and that consequently their products should not be bought by EU consumers, while this industry is acting entirely within the legal framework of EU and national legislation.

 Yours sincerely

 Javier Garat

 President of Europêche

 Sean O’Donoghue

 President of EAPO


14Aug

First North Atlantic blue whiting enters MSC assessment


14 August 2014

A large group of Dutch, German, French, English, Lithuanian, Danish and Irish pelagic fishers has entered the first blue whiting fishery into MSC assessment. This is the third multi-national assessment of a pelagic fishery in recent months marking a growing trend of cross-border cooperation in the pelagic sector. By working together, national fishing organisations are reducing their assessment costs and collaborating to improve fishery management.

“It has been our longstanding intention to get our blue whiting fishery under MSC certification.” said Gerard van Balsfoort, president of the Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association, on behalf of all fleets concerned, “Now the stock is doing very well and the development of an effective management plan for this fishery is entering its final phase, we are confident that the MSC assessment can be concluded successfully.”

 

Early adopters

Camiel Derichs, MSC Director Europe welcomed the group’s move: “It is great to see these North Atlantic blue whiting fisheries enter assessment against MSC standards. Historically, the early adopters, the first to bring a new species into MSC assessment, have realized the greatest benefit from certification. These fisheries have invested a great deal in the quality of their fish and I hope that they will be successful and that their success will inspire other blue whiting fisheries to consider MSC assessment.”

Over recent years, stocks of blue whiting have risen as new management measures have taken effect in combination with strong recruitment of the stock. Between them, the companies under assessment caught 73,000 tonnes of blue whiting in 2013, which is mostly exported to Africa and China as whole frozen fish for direct human consumption or for further processing into frozen block fillets.

 

A versatile fish

Blue whiting is a small (30cm) white fish, related to cod. With off-white flesh, it has traditionally been used to produce fishmeal. The fleets under certification have increasingly targeted this fish for human consumption purposes only.
Blue whiting for human consumption is typically used to make surimi. However, over the last 15 years, improvements in fishing techniques and freezing and storage technologies have also resulted in a growing demand for whole frozen and frozen filleted blue whiting.

 

Getting involved

The assessment will be carried out by independent auditors MacAlister Elliott and Partners (MEP) and should be completed to include the catches in the 2015 fishing season, starting early in the year. Anyone with an interest in the fishery is invited to participate and MEP have already identified 40 stakeholders. Anyone who would like to participate should contact Chrissie Sieben on   


07Aug

Pelagic fisheries has lowest carbon footprint


7 August 2014

OXFORD - The pelagic fisheries has the lowest CO2 footprint of all major animal protein sources worldwide.

 
A CO2 footprint expresses the environmental impact of an industry regarding fuel consumption, exhaust gases, waste, water consumption, etc. Modern fisheries are known to use a lot of fuel. In the 2014 article "Fuel consumption of global fishing fleets: current understanding and knowledge gaps" by researchers Robert W.R. Parker and Peter H. Tyedmers, evaluated virtually all major fisheries worldwide according to their use of fuel. 

 

 Pelagic fisheries on small pelagic species such as herring, mackerel, blue whiting, anchovies, etc. scores by far the best in terms of the CO2 footprint. Better than other fisheries and much better than beef, pork and poultry.

 

The article was published in July 2014 in the scientific journal Fish and Fisheries.



 

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