SAGB2013 Mark Gray (Seafish)

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SAGB2013 Mark Gray (Seafish)

  1. 1. supporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable futuresupporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable future Responsible Sourcing and Inshore Fisheries Mark Gray Responsible Sourcing Work Programme Leader
  2. 2. supporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable futuresupporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable future Seafish’s new strategic direction Purpose: Securing a sustainable and profitable future for the UK seafood industry Vision: The authority on seafood High Level Objectives: Protect, Promote, Inform New Sector Panels: Domestic and Exporters Importers and Processors Consumer and Supply Chain
  3. 3. supporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable futuresupporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable future Seafish Workstreams Consumption Promoting the consumption of seafood in the UK Regulation Providing guidance and support for the industry Fishermen’s safety Making sure fishermen are up to date on safety training Responsible sourcing Ensuring information is available on best practice International trade Providing export and import companies with the right data Information Coordinating and responding to industry enquiries Reputation Increasing awareness of industry standards & operations Regional support Giving specific support to UK regions
  4. 4. supporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable futuresupporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable future Responsible sourcing What are the issues? • Pressure on buyers to source seafood responsibly • Dealing with data deficient fisheries • Lack of information and assessment of mixed fisheries What are we doing to address them? • Risk Assessment for Sourcing Seafood • Tailored information and guidance • Outreach (Common Language Group, Discard Action Group, Aquaculture Common Issues Group)
  5. 5. Responsible Sourcing Guides • Why are they needed? • What information do they provide? • Who uses them? • Are they successful? • What species do they cover? • What does Seafish plan to do with them?
  6. 6. supporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable futuresupporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable future Responsible Fishing Scheme • Why was it established? • How does it benefit fishermen and the rest of the supply chain? • How successful has it been in terms of – Membership? – Recognition? – Meeting the demands of responsible sourcing? – Dealing with transgressions?
  7. 7. supporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable futuresupporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable future Responsible Fishing Underpins responsible sourcing & features heavily in our work, for example under: • Risk Assessment for Sourcing Seafood • Responsible Fishing Scheme • Gear technology • Media work There are wider benefits associated with responsible fishing, such as: • Securing markets • Reducing regulatory burden • Securing access to MPAs • Influencing fisheries management • Helping to maintain a healthy and productive sea
  8. 8. Responsible Fishing within MPAs • Determining fishing / MPA feature interaction • Assessing damage and / or disturbance caused by fishing • Modification of fishing gear • Other mitigation measures
  9. 9. supporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable futuresupporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable future Defra Generic Matrix Fishing gear type Generic sub- features Subtidal sand (high energy) Subtidal gravel and sand Subtidal muddy sand Seagras s (SACs) Maerl Intertidal and subtidal chalk reef Subtidal bedrock reef Subtidal boulder and cobble reef Sabellaria spp reef Subtidal mussel bed on rock Kelp forest commu nities Towed (demersal) Beam trawl (whitefish) Beam trawl (shrimp) Light otter trawl Dredges (towed) Scallops Mussels, clams, oysters Pump scoop (cockles, clams) Static - pots/traps Pots/creels (crustacea/gast ropods) Cuttle pots Red Fishing will be prohibited Amber Fishing will be subject to AA Green No restrictions on current effort Blue Fishing does not occur
  10. 10. Sites with ‘red’ fishery/feature interaction
  11. 11. supporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable futuresupporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable future Fishermen mapping marine features • Improve the accuracy of feature distribution and boundaries • Up to date information on mobile features • Utilise fishermen’s knowledge/ability • feature location • environmental conditions • boat skills
  12. 12. supporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable futuresupporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable future Fishermen collaborating with the IFCAs & Natural England
  13. 13. supporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable futuresupporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable future Selsey Fishermen’s seabed survey work
  14. 14. supporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable futuresupporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable future Participating in Fisheries Governance What are the benefits of engaging in management & establishing industry measures? • Utilising evidence & data provided by industry • Influencing management decisions • Collaborating on research • Saving time and money • Agreeing workable solutions • Creating trust • Securing support and compliance Some examples…
  15. 15. supporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable futuresupporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable future Welsh Fishermen’s Association Welsh Waters Scallop Strategy • Fishing intensity experiment • Stock assessment • Gear improvement • Gear conflict resolution An ecosystem-based approach for MCZ management in Wales
  16. 16. supporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable futuresupporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable future The importance of industry engagement in MPA designation and management Level of engagement from fishermen Cost Reliance on the precautionary principle Influence on management Risk of fishing closures inside MPAs Inactive Zero High Low High Reactive Low Medium Medium Medium Proactive Medium Low High Low

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