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Rebuttal to Froese and Proelss 'Evaluation and legal assessment of certified seafood'

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Agnew, DJ and Gutierrez, NL and Stern-Pirlot, A and Smith, ADM and Zimmerman, C and Sainsbury, K, Rebuttal to Froese and Proelss 'Evaluation and legal assessment of certified seafood', Marine Policy, 38 pp. 551-553. ISSN 0308-597X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Elsevier

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2012.07.002

Abstract

In arecentpaper,FroeseandProelss [1] contendthat31%ofstockstargetedbyMarineStewardship Council(MSC)certifiedfisheriesareoverfishedandsubjecttoongoingoverfishingandafurther8%are either overfishedorsubjecttooverfishing.Theirresultsarederivedusingadefinitionof‘overfished’ that isnotconsistentwithinternationallyaccepteddefinitionsandinterpretations.Inaddition,the authorsusedunrealisticestimatesofbiomassthatproduceMaximumSustainableYields(BMSY) obtainedthroughmethodsthatareinconsistentwiththeapproachusedbythemanagementagencies and scientificadvisorybodiesresponsibleforthestocksinquestion. AnalysessuchasthatpublishedbyFroeseandProelssareanimportantpartoftheexternal, independentscrutinyoftheprogrammethatMSCwelcomes.Howeverthereareanumberofserious flaws intheiranalysis,dataandresultingconclusionsthatthisresponseseekstocorrect.Usingdatafor 45 stocksexploitedbyMSCcertifiedfisheries(>60% oftotalfisheriesintheprogrammeand >80% of total certifiedcatch),internationallyacceptedmethodsfordeterminingMSYreferencepoints,and internationallyaccepteddefinitionsoftheterms‘overfished’and‘overfishing’,nostocksexploitedby MSC certifiedfisheriescanbedefinedasoverfished(belowtheirlimitreferencepoints).

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Certification, Marine StewardshipCouncil,Sustainable stocks
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries Sciences
Research Field:Fisheries Management
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - Wild Caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - Wild Caught not elsewhere classified
Author:Sainsbury, K (Professor Keith Sainsbury)
ID Code:87669
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2013-12-02
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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