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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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Large vs small scale fishing – which is more sustainable?

by Megan Atcheson
Trawler at sea

Fisheries play a vital role in food security and global economies as well as social structures in coastal communities. With a growing recognition that individual livelihoods are heavily dependent on healthy fishery resources, more and more players in the fishing industry are making stronger commitments to sustainable fisheries management.

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Will there be a new ‘Gold rush’ on krill?

There have been warnings of overfishing of krill since the 1990s. This blog explains the legal, scientific and economic reasons why it won’t happen.
Close up of krill

Updated 7 January 2015.

There’s been a lot of talk lately about ‘What happens if the krill fishery suddenly grows out of control?’ What’s to stop a bunch of boats tooling up and charging down to the Antarctic and catching all of the krill?

People have been warning of a massive increase in the krill fishery since the 1990s and it still hasn’t happened for two very good reasons. Over the course of this blog, I want to explain the legal and scientific reasons why it won’t happen and also the economic reasons why this idea of krill suddenly getting huge fishing pressure is simply not plausible.

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