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

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Agnew, D J, Gutierrez, N L, Stern-Pirlot, A, Smith, ADM, 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, vol. 38 , pp. 551-553 , doi: org/10.1016/j.marpol.2012.07.002.

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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
Authors/Creators:Agnew, D J and Gutierrez, N L and Stern-Pirlot, A and Smith, ADM and Zimmerman, C and Sainsbury, K J
Keywords: Certification Marine Stewardship Council Sustainable stocks
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Policy: The International Journal of Ocean Affairs
ISSN: 0308-597X
DOI / ID Number: org/10.1016/j.marpol.2012.07.002
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Copyright 2012 Elsevier

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