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International trade, eco-labelling, and sustainable fisheries - recent issues, concepts and practices


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Potts, T and Haward, M (2007) International trade, eco-labelling, and sustainable fisheries - recent issues, concepts and practices. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 9. pp. 91-106. ISSN 1387-585X

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Certification of where, when and how fish are caught is emerging as an important fisheries
management tool. The history of eco-labelling in the fisheries sector is relatively short and actual
experiences of eco-labelling are limited, although an emerging trend is shaping in European and US
markets. Eco-labelling in fisheries gained increased impetus with the development of the non-government
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in 1996. This paper reviews the emerging importance of certification
and eco-labelling in the fisheries sector, the development and operation of the MSC, identifying
particularly the role of ‘third party certification’ as promoted by the MSC, and notes the opportunities and
challenges for the MSC and eco-labelling in general.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: certification, eco-labelling, fisheries, international trade, Marine Stewardship
Journal or Publication Title: Environment, Development and Sustainability
Publisher: Springer
Page Range: pp. 91-106
ISSN: 1387-585X
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1007/s10668-005-9006-3
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Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:20
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:34
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