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Encourage sustainability by giving credit for Marine Protected Areas in seafood certification
Lester, S.E.; Costello, C.; Rassweiler, A.; Gaines, S.D.; Deacon, R. (2013). Encourage sustainability by giving credit for Marine Protected Areas in seafood certification. PLoS Biology 11(12): e1001730.
In: PLoS Biology. Public Library of Science: San Francisco, CA. ISSN 1544-9173, more
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    Conservation; Fish stocks; Fisheries; Recovery; Seafood; Sustainability; Marine

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  • Lester, S.E.
  • Costello, C.
  • Rassweiler, A.
  • Gaines, S.D.
  • Deacon, R.

    Widespread concern over global fish stocks has prompted an increase in research and initiatives aimed at rebuilding ailing fisheries and incentivizing sustainable fishing practices. This promising focus on solutions coincides with a burgeoning consumer and retailer demand for environmentally friendly products (Figure 1). Sustainability certification, labeling, and consumer guides (e.g., Marine Stewardship Council, Fair Trade, Seafood Watch, etc.) are signals that help eco-minded consumers identify products that meet their standards. Accurate signals offer an immense opportunity to incentivize sustainability, increasing demand and profits for sustainable producers. Yet, while the growing number of seafood certification programs and consumer seafood guides fuel and inform demand, the pace of change is slow. One key barrier to progress is the significant lag between the implementation of reforms and the recovery of fish stocks. Without preemptive credits within certification protocols for conservation actions that can be expected to benefit the stock over time, the incentives for reforms may be limited.

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