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Rebuttal to Froesea and Proelss ‘Evaluation and legal assessment of certified seafood’’

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Agnew, D J and Gutierrez, N L and Stern-Pirlot, A and Smith, ADM and Zimmerman, C and Sainsbury, K J (2012) Rebuttal to Froesea and Proelss ‘Evaluation and legal assessment of certified seafood’’. Marine Policy: The International Journal of Ocean Affairs, 38. pp. 551-553. ISSN 0308-597X

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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(460% oftotalfisheriesintheprogrammeand 480% of
total certifiedcatch),internationallyacceptedmethodsfordeterminingMSYreferencepoints,and
internationallyaccepteddefinitionsoftheterms‘overfished’and‘overfishing’,nostocksexploitedby
MSC certifiedfisheriescanbedefinedasoverfished(belowtheirlimitreferencepoints).

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Certification Marine Stewardship Council Sustainable stocks
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Policy: The International Journal of Ocean Affairs
Page Range: pp. 551-553
ISSN: 0308-597X
Identification Number - DOI: org/10.1016/j.marpol.2012.07.002
Additional Information:

Copyright 2012 Elsevier

Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2013 04:51
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:56
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