New report finds South American reduction fisheries performance declining or stagnant

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A new report by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership on global reduction fisheries found that multiple fisheries in South America – some among the world’s largest – are either stagnant or declining.

The new report found that three South American fisheries – the Southern Peruvian anchoveta fishery, Los Lagos Chile Anchoveta fishery, and the Central-South Chile Araucanian herring fisheries all saw drops in performance. The SFP report rated all three as “poorly managed” and placed them in the lowest sustainability category.

The decline in performance in South America comes as Europe is beginning to see improvements, SFP Program Director Dave Martin said in a release.

“Six months ago, our last report recognized rebounds and the industry’s role in supporting improvements in key European reduction fisheries. And, in this new report we see two more European fisheries regaining lost ground,” Martin said. “But South America is headed in the opposite direction. We hope this will motivate industry, science, government and other stakeholders to come together to reverse this trend.”

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