The researchers identified four areas in which actions by the seafood industry are starting to align with concepts of stewardship.
- Evidence for “moving beyond compliance” with governmental regulations is provided by several cases, for example the Association of Responsible Krill Harvesting Companies (ARK), which established a series of voluntary spatial closures in the fishery that have been adhered by all members since 2018.
- A “systems perspective” (recognizing that a target species is part of and interacts in a broader ecosystem) is particularly evident in the aquaculture industry’s efforts to reduce the use of fish ingredients in aquaculture feed.
- “Living with uncertainty” is about recognising that natural variability can never be fully controlled for. One example is how salmon fisheries has started to focus on a portfolio approach, where better attention is paid to maintaining the genetic diversity of sub-populations to hedge against unexpected variation and change.
- “Understanding human society as part of nature”: the authors also saw some scattered evidence of this in industry reports. “Language in line with this thinking can be found throughout industry sustainability reports, yet how this is reflected in operations is less obvious,” they write.
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