Greenpeace Criteria for Sustainable Fisheries

Background - March 13, 2009
In simple terms, a sustainable fishery is one whose practices can be maintained indefinitely without reducing the targeted species’ ability to maintain its population at healthy levels, and without adversely impacting on other species within the ecosystem – including humans – by removing their food source, accidentally killing them, or damaging their physical environment.

Elba Island marine reserve, Mediterranean Sea.

 

What does a sustainable fishery look like?

A sustainable fishery:

The Greenpeace criteria for sustainable fisheries are based on the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. In 2002, at the World Summit on Sustainable Development, world governments agreed to implement the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries with the goal of restoring global fish stocks by 2015.

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