Challenges in Southeast Asia’s fisheries addressed by IFFO, GAA, and SFP in new reports
The Marine Ingredients Organization (IFFO) and the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) have released a full report on Southeast Asian fisheries, containing data not previously released.
In 2017, IFFO and GAA commissioned a study highlighting Southeast Asian fisheries and their fishmeal relevance, producing a final report that was delivered to Fish Matter's Duncan Leadbitter and published recently. The initial report championed “a requirement for accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date information as being of prime importance to the management of the sustainability of the aquaculture supply chain,” IFFO explained in a press release. Ultimately, the report concluded that “an integrated approach, based on the concept of collaboration” was the best route to positive impact.
IFFO and GAA are following up this recent publication with a full report on Southeast Asian fisheries, sharing even more information about the region. The Sustainable Fishery Partnership (SFP) – which also recently published a report on reduction fisheries, with a chapter spotlighting Asia – wrote the foreword to the full report released by IFFO and GAA.
“The report highlights that with adequate science and oversight, these fisheries could be highly efficient. The recommendations at the end of the report outline a number of pathways to support and inform improvements, and highlight how industry can collaborate for positive change," SFP CEO Jim Cannon said of the new publication. "Industry efforts to date have helped secure formal government action in both Vietnam and Thailand to reduce the massive overcapacity of the fishing fleets, an essential step to reversing decades of overfishing. Much remains to be done, and it is critical the pace and scale of improvement accelerates.”
“While the challenge of fixing these fisheries is large, industry has begun taking key steps in the right direction. This new report is an important new tool in our toolbox,” Cannon added.
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