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Eco-labelling in Fisheries: What is it all about?

Bruce Phillips (Editor), Trevor Ward (Editor), Chet Chaffee (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-632-06422-9
208 pages
July 2003, Wiley-Blackwell
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If the marine fishing industry is to survive into the future, innovative approaches are necessary. Recognising that market incentives have the potential to improve fisheries management, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has been established to harness these incentives. The work of the MSC translates through from sustainable fishery management certification, to labelling of fish and sea food products, allowing consumers to use their choice and buying power to select eco-labelled products from MSC certified fisheries.

This exciting new book covers all aspects of the new eco-labelling initiative developed under the sponsorship of the MSC. Contents include details of the MSC and its certification framework and implementation, dispute resolution, chain-of-custody assessment and community fisheries certification. Also included are important case studies of the MSC certified fisheries of Australia’s western rock lobster, Alaska salmon, Thames herring and New Zealand hoki.

Eco-Labelling in Fisheries is an essential purchase for all those involved in marine fisheries management throughout the world. Professionals and students in fisheries science, marine biology, ecology, conservation and environmental biology will find this book to be extremely valuable. Libraries in all universities and research establishments where these subjects are studied and taught should have multiple copies of this book on their shelves.

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Seafood Evaluation, Certification and Consumer Information.

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Introduction to the MSC Certification.

Implementing the MSC Programme Process.

Dispute Resolution and the MSC.

MSC Chain-of-Custody Certification.

Case Study 1: The Western Rock Lobster.

Case Study 2: The Alaska Salmon.

Case Study 3: The Thames Herring Drift-net Fishery.

Case Study 4: The New Zealand Hoki.

Community-based Certification: A Route to Sustainable Fisheries.

Is Eco-Labelling Working?.



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Bruce Phillips is at the Department of Environmental Biology, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia, Trevor Ward is at the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, Chet Chaffee is at Scientific Certifications Systems, Oakland, California, USA.
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* written by authors with key involvement in Eco-labelling registration
* an exciting new development for international fisheries management
* core information for all fisheries professionals
* of wide interest to conservationists, ecologists and environmental scientists
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"This excellent book shows how the Marine Stewardship Council came about, how it operates, and where it is going. A very useful book for anyone interested in seafood marketing and sustainable fishery fishing practices."
Professional Fisherman, Feb 2004

" ‘Eco-labelling in Fisheries’ aims to document the experiences to date of those with firsthand knowledge of the eco-labelling programme for fisheries... Early [in] 2005, the FAO’s Committee on Fisheries adopted guidelines for ‘eco-labelling’ of fish caught at sea, indicating how relevant this topic is to fisheries management today.
The book will appeal to all those with an interest in the sustainable management of fish resources… It is well presented and covers eloquently the key issues underlying the process of eco-labelling. The authors offer a wide range of expertise in the topics represented...
One of the greatest successes of the book is the illustration of how things are working in particular case studies and the lessons learnt from these examples."
Journal of Fish Biology, February 2006

"Professionals and students in fisheries science, marine biology, ecology, conservation and environmental biology will find this book to be extremely valuable."

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