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Presentation made by Renato Leite, SONAE MC, during the Seminar + Workshop "Preserving Natural Capital - Role and action by food retail sector"

Presentation made by Renato Leite, SONAE MC, during the Seminar + Workshop "Preserving Natural Capital - Role and action by food retail sector"

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  • Destructive fishing practices are practices that easily result in irreversible damage to aquatic habitats and ecosystems. Many fishing techniques can be destructive if used inappropriately, but some practices are particularly likely to result in irreversible damage. These practices are mostly, though not always, illegal. Where they are illegal, they are often inadequately enforced. Some examples are: Explosives - Dynamite or blast fishing, is done easily and cheaply with dynamite or homemade bombs made from locally available materials. Fish are killed by the shock from the blast and are then skimmed from the surface or collected from the bottom. The explosions indiscriminately kill large numbers of fish and other marine organisms in the vicinity and can damage or destroy the physical environment. Explosions are particularly harmful to coral reefs. [27] Blast fishing is also illegal in many waterways around the world. Bottom trawling - Cyanide fishing - Cyanides are used to capture live fish near coral reefs for the aquarium and seafood market . This illegal fishing occurs mainly in or near the Philippines , Indonesia , and the Caribbean to supply the 2 million marine aquarium owners in the world. Many fish caught in this fashion die either immediately or in shipping. Those that survive often die from shock or from massive digestive damage. The high concentrations of cyanide on reefs harvested in this fashion damages the coral polyps and has also resulted in cases of cyanide poisoning among local fishermen and their families. Fish toxins - Muroami - is a destructive artisan fishing method employed on coral reefs in Southeast Asia. An encircling net is used with pounding devices, such as large stones fitted on ropes that are pounded onto the coral reefs. They can also consist of large heavy blocks of cement suspended above the sea by a crane fitted to the vessel. The pounding devices are repeatedly lowered into the area encircled by the net, smashing the coral into small fragments in order to scare the fish out of their coral refuges. The "crushing" effect on the coral heads has been described as having longlasting and practically totally destructive effects. [28]
  • Marine bioprospecting extracted Arabinosides from the sponge, Tethya crypta, leading to more than $50 million annual sales in derived antiviral medicines. Just five drugs developed over the past few years in research funded by Sea Grant have a market potential estimated at $2 billion annually. Unfortunately still no dragons have been found !
  • Almost 7 billion in 2010 and 10.5 billion in 2050
  • Omega 3 - salmon, sardines, and herring. These omega-3 fatty acids can help lower your blood pressure, lower your heart rate, and improve other cardiovascular risk factors. Eating fish reduces the risk of death from heart disease, the leading cause of death in both men and women. Fish intake has also been linked to a lower risk of stroke, depression, and mental decline with age.
  • Can have negative impacts on natural biodiversity. These impacts include: habitat degradation (e.g., intentional destruction of mangroves in shrimp culture or unintentional negative impacts on benthic communities from the buildup of wastes under culture pens); eutrophication; genetic effects on or competition with native species by non-indigenous cultured species; introduction of disease to natural populations.
  • Can have negative impacts on natural biodiversity. These impacts include: habitat degradation (e.g., intentional destruction of mangroves in shrimp culture or unintentional negative impacts on benthic communities from the buildup of wastes under culture pens); eutrophication; genetic effects on or competition with native species by non-indigenous cultured species; introduction of disease to natural populations.
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    • 1. Fisheries Sustainability Policy
    • 2.
      • Oceans Ecossystems have been continuosly affected across last decades and the following aspects have contributed to put in danger and possible cause the extinction of huge number of fish species:
      What is Happening in the Oceans?
    • 3. Oceans Sustainability Importance – Why ?
      • Oceans cover ¾ of planet
      • Atmosphere vs Ocean and their impact in world climate
      • Oceans living resources are a Treasure for current and Future Generations
      • Fisheries provide food for billions
      • New medicines and materials coming from Marine Life diversity
      • Small knowledge about living Marine Resources
    • 4.
      • 16 % of animal Protein consumed worlwide comes from the Ocean
      • FAO reports higlight that over 35% of commercial stocks are overfished or fully harvested
      • Growing Population in Planet
      Oceans Sustainability Importance – Why ?
    • 5.
      • 3rd world largest fish consumers
      • Almost 60 kg per capita
      • Need of Maintaining our Culture extremely alive, through preserving our fish resources and recognised fishing sustainable techniques
      • Continue the Value of eating Mediterranean style
      • Health related advantages
      Oceans Sustainability Importance – Why ?
    • 6. SONAE Fisheries Sustainability Policy
      • What does it mean and what direct advantages we have:
      • Inexistence of GreenPeace black list suppliers
      • Demand of all capture certificates
      • Introduction of positive projects, such as CCL Fresh Fish counter tags with (CCL - Comprovativo de Compra de Lota);
      • Detailed choice of our suppliers according to their fishing methods / techniques;
      • Total respect for Portuguese legislation, including commercial names and their minimum authorised dimensions;
      • Increased trust and loyalty to our customers;
    • 7. SONAE Sustainability Fisheries Policy Implemented Measures
    • 8. SONAE Sustainability Fisheries Policy Implemented Measures
    • 9. SONAE Sustainability Fisheries Policy Implemented Measures
    • 10. GreenPeace Portuguese Supermarket Seafood Sustainability ScoreCard/Ranking 2010 0% a 40% Little or nothing has been done to maintain fish stocks in our oceans. 40% a 70% Important measures have been implemented regarding a Sustainability Policy that includes purchasing and selling seafood in a sustainable manner 70% a 100% Is in possession of an acceptable policy that should be respected and improved in the future
    • 11. SONAE Strategic Improvement Plan
      • Besides all measures implemented as part of our Sustainability Policy, SONAE have been focusing in developing further our main strategic 3 strategic avenues :
      • Detailed Fisheries Traceability
      • GreenPeace Black List Verification
      • Traffic Light System Implementation
    • 12. Allowing better control and facilitating access to important aspects about commercialized fish in our counters (Fresh Fish, Frozen Fish and Salted Cod). 1- Detailed Fisheries Traceability
    • 13. 2- GreenPeace Black List Verification
      • Has been performed a cross check between SONAE suppliers data base and official GreenPeace Black List http://blacklist.greenpeace.org/ ) ;
      • It was confirmed on the detail that after cross checking examination, SONAE does not operate with suppliers officially recognised in GreenPeace Black List
    • 14. 3- Traffic List Purchasing System Implementation There was a need to have a Purchasing decision system that we called. It supports our comercial team in order to understand and decide what alternatives are available in times of purchase. Traffic Light System Functioning : Fishing Methods/Techniques harm other species and ecosystems; Concerns regarding existing fishing methods; Fishing methods and techniques don´t cause any concern or danger of species.
    • 15. THANK YOU