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Can reduction fisheries be sustainable?

by Emily McGregor
Pile of herring fish

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Fisheries Assessment Manager, Emily McGregor explains what is required for a reduction fishery to be considered sustainable. 

A reduction fishery is one that uses, or ‘reduces’, its catch to produce fishmeal or fish oil rather than for direct human consumption. These fisheries typically target small pelagic (midwater) species like anchovies, herring and capelin. Other species lower down the food chain, like krill are also caught for reduction.

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Working towards sustainability in Madagascar’s reef octopus fishery: a journey of improvement

by Rachel Long
Male Madagascan octopus fisher underwater wearing goggles with octopus and spear

Blue Ventures is a marine conservation organisation working with communities to rebuild tropical small scale fisheries. Find out how an MSC Global Fisheries Sustainability Fund grant is supporting their work with semi-nomadic seafaring communities in a southwest Madagascar octopus fishery.

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Year review: the top five moments at the MSC in 2016

by Joanna Jones
Top five MSC moments of 2016
Páll Hreinn Pálsson, fisherman with Visir, Iceland

Year reviews… either you love them or you hate them, but there’s no way around them come mid-December. Joanna Jones, marine lover and intern at the MSC, looks at the past twelve months and picks her top five MSC moments.

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How can orange roughy ever be considered a good fishery?

by Rohan Currey
Orange roughy

Dr Rohan Currey, the MSC’s fisheries standard director explains how the fortunes of the 1980’s ‘poster child of unsustainable fishing’ have turned.

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New Zealand orange roughy – a comeback story

by Patrick Cordue
From overfishing to sustainable delicacy: the story behind orange roughy
A Explorer during orange roughy survey trip

Patrick Cordue, the stock assessment author of the 2014 New Zealand orange roughy assessments, reflects on how the science and management of New Zealand’s orange roughy fisheries have advanced in the last two decades.

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