Reducing our consumption of marine ingredients is a priority for BioMar, but we are equally committed to improving the sustainability of our source fisheries.
The state of global fisheries
The recent SOFIA report published by the FAO (2022) shows that global fisheries, while improving, are still in a critical condition. The fraction of fishery stocks within biologically sustainable levels decreased to 64.6% in 2019. However, 82.5% of the 2019 landings were from biologically sustainable stocks.
Effective fisheries management successfully rebuilds stocks and restores ecosystems to a state where wild fish can sustainably support food security, nutrition, economic growth, and the well-being of coastal communities.
Sustainable fisheries defined
The new ASC Feed Standard defines sustainable fisheries in the Marine Sustainability Ladder (MSL).
The MSL distinguishes between improving fisheries (FIPs) and certified fisheries (MarinTrust and MSC). MSC is widely recognised as the highest level of certification for fisheries, with MarinTrust a close second.
The MSL ladder will challenge feed mills to continuously improve their source fisheries by demanding they move up one level every three years.
Level 0: Uncertified
Level 1: Basic FIP
Level 2: MarinTrust
Level 3: MSC FIP
Level 4: MSC
FIPs will become an increasingly vital tool to increase the number of fisheries under good management regimes.
The long-term goal of the ASC and other robust seafood certification schemes is to increase the number of fisheries under best-practice fisheries management, which will increase the fraction of fishery stocks within biologically sustainable levels in the SOFIA report in the coming years.