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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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The rise of sustainable supplements

by Nicolas Guichoux
Nicolas Guichoux, Global Commercial Director at the MSC explains the growth in popularity of MSC labelled fish oil supplements.
Fish oil capsules supplements

Seafood is well known as a source of healthy oils and nutrients. Studies show that fish oils are good for your heart, brain and bones. Some claim that they can protect you from the effects of air pollution and reduce the signs of aging [1].

For many, eating certified sustainable fish as part of a balanced diet is an effective way of ensuring that we receive the nutrients, protein and oils we need. But there’s also a growing preference to supplement diet with fish based products in the form of Omega-3 rich fish oils.

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