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Fishing & Sustainability
Date Posted: 29 November 2017

Fishing & Sustainability

Sea Harvest Understands the Relationship between Fishing and Sustainability 

Fishing and sustainability must go hand-in-hand if we wish to ensure sufficient fish resources for future generations. Thus, when considering fishing and sustainability, keep the following in mind:

  1. Fish Stock Management 

Sustainable fishing means leaving sufficient fish stock in the ocean to ensure that the fish population can remain viable, able to produce, and increase in population. This also means that the fish stocks must be monitored and the resources managed in such a manner so as to minimise the risk of overfishing. To this end, fishing quotas must be in place and regulations set regarding when fishing cannot take place.

  1. Habitat Protection 

Unless the habitat of the fish stocks is healthy, it is not possible for the fish population to thrive. Fish trawlers, for instance, need to take the necessary steps in preventing environmental pollution. Waste produced on the vessels must be contained to prevent the waste from being blown into the ocean. It is essential to set regulations regarding where trawling can take place, so as to prevent habitat destruction.

  1. Management of Fishing Activities 

The fishing industry must be regulated by means of environmental laws and regulations by governing bodies. This also includes monitoring compliance with quotas and methods to reduce the negative effects on the environment.

The Marine Stewardship Council’s Role in Fishing & Sustainability 

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) plays an integral role in promoting responsible fishing and sustainability. The MSC provides certification of fisheries that meet specific requirements and standards as related to sustainable fishing and the management thereof. The South African Cape hake industry was the first fishing industry in the world to have received MSC certification in 2005, and has since been recertified three times. It speaks to the efforts of the entire deep-sea fishing industry in complying with environmental regulations, reducing the impact of fishing on the environment, and ensuring ongoing availability of fish stocks and their habitats for future generations.

Sea Harvest’s Role in Fishing & Sustainability 

As a leading fishing company in South Africa, well-known for an extensive range of Cape hake products, in addition to various other seafood products, Sea Harvest operates within the South African deep-sea trawling industry. As such, our company complies with all the regulations to ensure sustainable fishing. However, Sea Harvest doesn’t just comply. We take a proactive approach to the management of resources and reduction of negative impacts on the environment.

Our Cape hake products, in addition to Shark Bay prawns, carry the blue MSC logo, which is the top standard for sustainable fishing. This means that consumers of Sea Harvest’s products have the assurance that our company responsibly manages fishing operations according to the gold standard in sustainable fishing.

Sea Harvest is a member of the South African Deep-Sea Trawling Industry Association (SADSTIA) and actively interacts with government and role players to benefit the deep-sea trawling industry. In addition, we participate in various conservation projects and initiatives, such as the Responsible Fisheries Alliance (RFA), coastal clean-up projects, recycling of nets, environmental awareness programmes, and more.

When you buy Sea Harvest products, including the MSC blue seal Cape hake products, you buy products from a company that understands the relationship between fishing and sustainability.

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