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Assessment of eco-labelling schemes for Pacific tuna fisheries

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Developments in fisheries governance in recent decades—notably the1982 United Nations Convention

    on the Law of the Sea and its implementing agreements—have established a framework o fprinciples,

    standards, institutions and regulations that is broade rand more complex than traditional fisheries

    management, which has generally focused o nindividual target species. As this framework has evolved,

    a number of seafood eco-labelling schemes have also developed. These schemes aim to identify well-

    managed fisheries and give competitive advantage to their products, thus translating the environmental

    awareness of consumers into direct support for sustainable fishing practices.This paper evaluates

    a number of these schemes in the context of international fisheries governance principles and considers

    the conservation benefits that may result from sustainability certification of Pacific tuna fisheries.

    The paper briefly summarises developments in eco-labeling of Pacific tuna fisheries in relation to the

    evolution of fisheries management, where focus has shifted from the maximum sustainable yield of

    individual tuna species to ecosystem-based approaches that directly consider the broader environmental

    impacts of fishing. The paper discusses two different ‘Dolphin Safe’ eco-labels, the third-party scheme of

    the Earth Island Institute and the intergovernmental scheme of the Agreement on the International

    Dolphin Conservation Program, and two broader eco-labels offering sustainability certification of

    fisheries, ‘Friend of the Sea’ and the ‘Marine Stewardship Council’. The role played by seafood-industry

    associations with sustainability claims, such as the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation,

    is also considered.

Authors


  •   Kirby, David S. (external author)
  •   Visser, Candice (external author)
  •   Hanich, Quentin

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Kirby, D. S., Visser, C. & Hanich, Q. A. (2014). Assessment of eco-labelling schemes for Pacific tuna fisheries. Marine Policy, 43 132-142.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84883463887

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/853

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 132

End Page


  • 142

Volume


  • 43

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308597X13001085

Abstract


  • Developments in fisheries governance in recent decades—notably the1982 United Nations Convention

    on the Law of the Sea and its implementing agreements—have established a framework o fprinciples,

    standards, institutions and regulations that is broade rand more complex than traditional fisheries

    management, which has generally focused o nindividual target species. As this framework has evolved,

    a number of seafood eco-labelling schemes have also developed. These schemes aim to identify well-

    managed fisheries and give competitive advantage to their products, thus translating the environmental

    awareness of consumers into direct support for sustainable fishing practices.This paper evaluates

    a number of these schemes in the context of international fisheries governance principles and considers

    the conservation benefits that may result from sustainability certification of Pacific tuna fisheries.

    The paper briefly summarises developments in eco-labeling of Pacific tuna fisheries in relation to the

    evolution of fisheries management, where focus has shifted from the maximum sustainable yield of

    individual tuna species to ecosystem-based approaches that directly consider the broader environmental

    impacts of fishing. The paper discusses two different ‘Dolphin Safe’ eco-labels, the third-party scheme of

    the Earth Island Institute and the intergovernmental scheme of the Agreement on the International

    Dolphin Conservation Program, and two broader eco-labels offering sustainability certification of

    fisheries, ‘Friend of the Sea’ and the ‘Marine Stewardship Council’. The role played by seafood-industry

    associations with sustainability claims, such as the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation,

    is also considered.

Authors


  •   Kirby, David S. (external author)
  •   Visser, Candice (external author)
  •   Hanich, Quentin

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Kirby, D. S., Visser, C. & Hanich, Q. A. (2014). Assessment of eco-labelling schemes for Pacific tuna fisheries. Marine Policy, 43 132-142.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84883463887

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/853

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 132

End Page


  • 142

Volume


  • 43

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308597X13001085