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​Raising the bar on fisheries certification and sustainably harvested salmon by CHRIS GENOVALI April 16,2018   |  Source: Times Colonist

Do you rely on labels such as the blue checkmark of the Marine Stewardship Council or other certification stamps to guide your purchase of sustainable salmon? Most people do, but few consumers know that when it comes to salmon, these certifiers generally fail to consider ecosystem science. Even Marine Stewardship Council permits industrial-model fisheries with open-ocean, mixed-stock salmon harvests that are a major cause of both the coast-wide loss of wild salmon populations and the failure of many populations to rebuild or recover over time.

Researchers from Wild Fish Conservancy, Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the University of Montana are proposing an alternative framework for certifying commercially caught wild salmon. The alternative is explained in a paper recently published in the science journal FACETS titled: “Criteria for a good catch: A conceptual framework to guide sourcing of sustainable salmon fisheries.” The new framework, which Patagonia Provisions is using to guide its purchase of premium wild salmon, is grounded in the “place-based” concept of salmon management. This place-based foundation recognizes the ecological connection between wild salmon and the watersheds in which they spawn and rear and to which they are locally

Theme(s): Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods, Others, Landing Centres, Fisheries Resources, Communities and Organisations, Fisheries Development and Aquaculture, Post Harvest Technology and Trade, Coastal Ecosystems and Threats, Freshwater ecosystems and threats.

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