GRP Vol. 91 Ecolabels and Marine Capture Fisheries

April 2008
Author: Sally Washington
Published by: FAO/GLOBEFISH, Rome, Italy
Published in: April 2008
No. of pages: 52

Summary
In its latest ‘State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture’ report the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) alerted the international community to the dramatic state of the world’s fisheries: about half are fully exploited while another quarter are either over-exploited (17%), depleted (7%), or recovering from depletion. Mechanisms to ensure the sustainability of fish stocks have been introduced by governments at the national, regional and international levels. In addition to these public measures, market based private sector mechanisms have also been introduced. Ecolabels are one such mechanism. They are designed to influence the purchasing decisions of consumers and the procurement polices of retailers selling fish and seafood products, and to reward producers using responsible fishing practices.
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