Now available: The Bycatch Solutions Hub
The Hub is a first-of-its-kind tool just for the seafood industry, highlighting voluntary, industry-led adoption of best practices and innovations to protect ocean wildlife.
Sustainable seafood means reducing the harm from fishing to sharks, marine mammals, sea turtles, and seabirds.
Hundreds of thousands of sharks, whales and dolphins, sea turtles, and seabirds are harmed or killed in commercial fishing each year. “Bycatch,” the catch of non-target species, is the biggest, single threat to the sustainability of marine fisheries.
There are practical solutions
Key strategies for reducing bycatch include:
- Adoption of best practices
- More fishery observers
- Development of new technologies.
Why retailers should care about bycatch
Bycatch threatens seafood retailers and the entire supply chain.
- Seafood production contributing to the decline of wildlife violates sustainable sourcing and conservation commitments.
- Engaging in practices that harm ocean wildlife generates negative reactions, unwanted public attention, and scrutiny by policy makers.
- Consumers care about conservation. Public opinion research shows shoppers overwhelmingly think retailers should make sure their seafood does not harm ocean wildlife — especially getting producers to use less damaging ways to fish.
New research from SFP highlights the impacts of commercial tuna longline fishing on endangered, threatened, and protected (ETP) species in the Western Central Pacific Ocean, and recommends actions that buyers of longline-caught canned and fresh/frozen tuna can take to reverse the decline of sharks, sea turtles, and seabirds in the region.
Ropeless fishing technologies can substantially reduce the risk of entanglement for the Critically Endangered North Atlantic right whale.
Fishery improvement projects are reducing the number of sea turtles caught in shrimp nets through provisions for the use of turtle excluder devices.
Based on the results of a bycatch audit by SFP, UK supermarket Asda committed to addressing risks to sharks, seabirds, sea turtles, and marine mammals in its source fisheries.
What Can I Do?
Learn more about how you can help protect ocean wildlife and reduce bycatch in fisheries.