Asda

Founded in the 1960s in Yorkshire, Asda is one of Britain’s leading retailers and helps customers save money and live better in stores, online and through their mobile devices. With over 577 stores, Asda is a major seafood retailer selling fresh, frozen and chilled seafood.

Number of Fisheries Used

66

Number of Fisheries Well Managed

30

Number of Fisheries Managed

19

Number of fisheries in need of improvement

11

Profile not yet complete

6

Fishing Methods Used in Associated Fisheries
    • Midwater trawl
    • Bottom trawl
    • Dredge
    • Seine nets
    • Purse seine
    • Lift nets
    • Gillnets and entangling nets
    • Hook and line
    • Long line
    • Handlines and pole-lines
    • Rake / hand gathered / hand netted
    • Pots and traps
    • Miscellaneous
Summary

Asda is committed to providing safe, affordable and sustainable seafood to its customers and has a public seafood policy outlining its approach. Asda has been working in partnership with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) since 2011 to better understand the risks within its seafood supply chain, and has pledged to make sure that all fisheries identified as needing improvements take appropriate action. Asda is actively supportive of Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs). As part of the Walmart Group, Asda is also contributing to the development of industry approaches to address modern slavery in seafood and other high-risk sectors.

Asda was the first supermarket to publicly disclose its wild fish sourcing data in collaboration with SFP through the Ocean Disclosure Project.

Associated Fisheries

Fishery Name and Location
Fishing Methods
Certification or FIP
Stock Status and Management
Notes
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Alaska pollock

Theragra chalcogramma

Aleutian Islands, E Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska

Fishery countries:
U.S.
  • Midwater trawl

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low and there are mitigation measures in place.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.
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Albacore

Thunnus alalunga

North Pacific

Fishery countries:
South Korea
  • Long line

Not certified or in a FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to seabirds, sea turtles, marine mammals and sharks with this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • Bycatch of other tuna, billfishes and sharks is a risk for this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Albacore

Thunnus alalunga

Indian Ocean

Fishery countries:
South Korea
  • Long line

Not certified or in a FIP

Needs improvement

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to seabirds, sea turtles, marine mammals and sharks with this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • Bycatch of other tuna, billfishes and sharks is a risk for this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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American lobster

Homarus americanus

Georges Bank and Nova Scotia offshore

Fishery countries:
Canada
  • Pots and traps

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • No additional notes
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American lobster

Homarus americanus

Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank

Fishery countries:
U.S.
  • Pots and traps

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are potential risks to PET species with this fishery, but mitigation actions are underway. 
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Anchoveta

Engraulis ringens

Peruvian Northern-Central

Fishery countries:
Peru
  • Seine nets
  • Purse seine

Some product from FIP fisheries

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species but may impact food availability to PET species. The FIP aims to better understand the impacts of the fishery on PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low. However, anomalous environmental conditons observed since 2013 have been associated with an increased catch of non-target species.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed. The FIP aims to better understand the impacts of the fishery on habitats.
General Notes
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Atlantic cod

Gadus morhua

Barents Sea

Fishery countries:
Norway
  • Bottom trawl
  • Seine nets
  • Gillnets and entangling nets
  • Hook and line
  • Long line

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to seabirds and marine mammals with this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • There is bycatch for this fishery but non-target species are retained.  Management measures are in place to reduce impacts on retained species.
  • The impact depends on the gear type. Bottom trawls will have the greatest impact on the sea bed.  MSC conditions and recommendations are in place to strengthen understanding of fishery interactions with sensitive habitat.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Atlantic cod

Gadus morhua

Icelandic

Fishery countries:
Iceland
  • Bottom trawl
  • Long line

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species.
  • There is bycatch for this fishery but non-target species are retained.  Management measures are in place to reduce impacts on retained species.
  • The impact depends on the gear type. Bottom trawls will have the greatest impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • Catch from this fishery is covered by Icelandic Responsible Fisheries Management Certification. More information is available here.
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Atlantic cod

Gadus morhua

Norwegian coastal

Fishery countries:
Norway
  • Long line

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species.
  • There is bycatch for this fishery but non-target species are retained.  Management measures are in place to reduce impacts on retained species.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Atlantic herring

Clupea harengus

Celtic sea and S of Ireland

Fishery countries:
Ireland
  • Midwater trawl

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Atlantic herring

Clupea harengus

NE Atlantic Spring spawners

Fishery countries:
U.K.
  • Midwater trawl

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Atlantic herring

Clupea harengus

North Sea Autumn spawners

Fishery countries:
U.K.
  • Midwater trawl

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Atlantic mackerel

Scomber scombrus

NE Atlantic

Fishery countries:
U.K.
  • Midwater trawl

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to PET species with this fishery, but there is insufficient data available to assess significance.
  • Bycatch in this fishery is considered low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Atlantic surf clam

Spisula solidissima

Iles-de-la-Madeleine

Fishery countries:
Canada
  • Dredge

Not certified or in a FIP

Profile not yet complete

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • No additional notes
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Chilean mussel

Mytilus chilensis

Chilean Region X

Fishery countries:
Chile
  • Miscellaneous

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species.
  • There is no risk of bycatch for this fishery.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes

Caveat
The environmental notes for this fishery are based on a provisional assessment and are not derived from the FishSource profile.

References

Institute for Market Ecology, 2013, MSC Public Certification Report Chilean mussel fishery and suspended culture Toralla S.A. and Cultivos Toralla S.A., Región X, Chile

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Chum salmon

Oncorhynchus keta

Alaska

Fishery countries:
U.S.
  • Purse seine
  • Gillnets and entangling nets
  • Long line

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species.
  • Management measures are in place to minimise bycatch of non-target salmon stocks.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes

Caveat
The environmental notes for this fishery are based on a provisional assessment and are not derived from the FishSource profile.
References
Intertek Moody Marine, 2013, Alaska Salmon Fishery MSC Public Certification Report

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Chum salmon

Oncorhynchus keta

British Columbia - West Coast Vancouver Island

Fishery countries:
Canada
  • Seine nets
  • Purse seine
  • Gillnets and entangling nets
  • Long line
  • Pots and traps

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species.
  • Management measures are in place to minimise bycatch of non-target salmon stocks.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes

Caveat
The environmental notes for this fishery are based on a provisional assessment and are not derived from the FishSource profile.
References
Acoura Marine, 2017, British Columbia Salmon Fishery MSC Public Certification Report

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Common edible cockle

Cerastoderma edule

Limfjord

Fishery countries:
Denmark
  • Dredge

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • Dredges will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Common sole

Solea solea

North Sea

Fishery countries:
Netherlands
  • Bottom trawl

Not certified or in a FIP

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Common squids nei

Loligo spp.

Indonesian waters

Fishery countries:
Indonesia
  • Lift nets

Not certified or in a FIP

Profile not yet complete

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Deep-water Cape hake

Merluccius paradoxus

South Africa

Fishery countries:
South Africa
  • Bottom trawl

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to seabirds with this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place. An MSC condition is in place to gather information on fishery impacts on bird species.
  • Bycatch is a risk for this fishery but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed. An MSC condition is in place to investigate options for protecting benthic habitats.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Edible crab

Cancer pagurus

East Coast Scotland

Fishery countries:
U.K.
  • Pots and traps

Not certified or in a FIP

Profile not yet complete

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to sea turtles and marine mammals of entanglement in pot ropes with this fishery.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low. Non-target species are usually released alive.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Edible crab

Cancer pagurus

Orkney

Fishery countries:
U.K.
  • Pots and traps

Not certified or in a FIP

Needs improvement

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to sea turtles and marine mammals of entanglement in pot ropes with this fishery.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low. Non-target species are usually released alive.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes

This fishery was in an FIP from 2012 to 2017. The Orkney edible crab creel fishery then entered into the full MSC assessment process in May 2017, it is anticipated that if the fishery meets the standard it will be certified in 2018.

Other ratings
The Marine Conservation Society categorises the Orkney fishery for edible crab using creels and pots as "Rating 3 (yellow)". This rating was downgraded from "Rating 2 (pale green) in 2018.

Caveat

The stock status and management rating for this fishery is based on a provisional assessment and is not derived from the FishSource profile.

References
MCS's Good Fish Guide - Crab, brown or edible, Orkney

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Edible crab

Cancer pagurus

Western English Channel

Fishery countries:
U.K.
  • Pots and traps

Not certified or in a FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes

Other ratings
The Marine Conservation Society categorises the Western Channel fishery for edible crab as "Rating 2 (pale green)".
Caveat
The stock status and management rating for this fishery is based on a provisional assessment and is not derived from the FishSource profile.
References

MCS's Good Fish Guide - Crab, brown or edible, Western Channel, VIIe

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European hake

Merluccius merluccius

NE Atlantic northern stock

Fishery countries:
Denmark
  • Bottom trawl
  • Seine nets

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery interacts with marine mammals, sharks, skates and rays, but is considered highly unlikely to have unacceptable impacts on these species.
  • Bycatch is a risk for this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • The impact depends on the gear type. Bottom trawls will directly impact the sea bed. However, management measures are in place and it is considered unlikely that the fishery will result in serious or irreversible harm to habitat structure and function.
General Notes

Caveat

The environmental notes for this fishery are based on a provisional assessment and are not derived from the FishSource profile.

References

Food Certification International, 2014, MSC Public Certification Report for DFPO Denmark North Sea, Skagerrak & Kattegat hake

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European pilchard

Sardina pilchardus

Bay of Biscay, Southern Celtic Seas and English Channel

Fishery countries:
France
  • Purse seine

Not certified or in a FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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European pilchard

Sardina pilchardus

NW Africa central

Fishery countries:
Morocco
  • Purse seine

FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • Available data is still limited, but work is underway in the Moroccan FIP to determine fishery interactions with PET species.
  • Bycatch in this fishery is considered low, but available data is still limited. Work is in progress in the Moroccan FIP to identify and quantify discards.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
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European plaice

Pleuronectes platessa

Eastern English Channel

Fishery countries:
U.K.
  • Seine nets

Not certified or in a FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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European plaice

Pleuronectes platessa

Icelandic

Fishery countries:
Iceland
  • Bottom trawl
  • Seine nets

Not certified or in a FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to PET species with this fishery, but there is insufficient data available to assess significance.
  • Bycatch is a risk for this fishery, but there is insufficient data available to assess significance.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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European plaice

Pleuronectes platessa

Kattegat, Belts and Sound

Fishery countries:
Denmark
  • Bottom trawl

Not certified or in a FIP

Profile not yet complete

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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European plaice

Pleuronectes platessa

North Sea and Skagerrak

Fishery countries:
U.K.
  • Bottom trawl

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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European sprat

Sprattus sprattus

North Sea

Fishery countries:
Denmark
  • Purse seine

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species.
  • Bycatch of herring is a risk for this fishery but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.
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Haddock

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Barents Sea

Fishery countries:
Norway
  • Bottom trawl
  • Seine nets
  • Gillnets and entangling nets
  • Hook and line
  • Long line

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species, but available data is still limited. Conditions are in place to address this within the MSC fishery.
  • Bycatch varies for this fishery depending on gear type. Long lines and gillnets present the greatest risk.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed. An MSC condition is in place to strengthen understanding of fishery interactions with sensitive habitat.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Haddock

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Icelandic

Fishery countries:
Iceland
  • Bottom trawl
  • Seine nets

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed. Measures to protect vulnerable habitats such as cold water coral reefs are in place.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Haddock

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Northern shelf

Fishery countries:
U.K.
  • Seine nets

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species.
  • There is bycatch for this fishery but management measures are in place to reduce impacts on retained species.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • As a mixed fishery, the effects of management measures on other species need to be considered within an ecosystem context.
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Indian squid

Loligo duvauceli

India

Fishery countries:
India
  • Hook and line

Not certified or in a FIP

Needs improvement

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to marine mammals with this fishery.
  • There is a lack of information on bycatch in this fishery.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Japanese Flying Squid

Todarodes pacificus

East China Sea and Japan Sea

Fishery countries:
China
  • Gillnets and entangling nets

Not certified or in a FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes

Other ratings
The Marine Conservation Society categorises the East China Sea fishery for Japanese flying squid as "Rating 2 (pale green)".
Caveat
The stock status and management rating and environmental notes for this fishery are based on a provisional assessment and are not derived from the FishSource profile.
References
MCS's Good Fish Guide - Squid, Japanese flying, East China Sea, Yellow Sea, Bo Hai Sea, Korea Bay

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Lemon sole

Microstomus kitt

Icelandic

Fishery countries:
Iceland
  • Bottom trawl
  • Seine nets

Not certified or in a FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Lemon sole

Microstomus kitt

North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat, and Eastern English Channel

Fishery countries:
U.K.
  • Bottom trawl
  • Seine nets

FIP

Needs improvement

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • This fish is caught as a bycatch species.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes

This fishery is part of the North Sea plaice & lemon sole, mixed gear FIP operating under Project UK.

Other ratings
The Marine Conservation Society categorises the North Sea, Skagerrak, Kattegat and Eastern English Channel fishery for lemon sole caught with bottom trawl and seine net as "Rating 3 (yellow)".
Caveat
The stock status and management rating for this fishery is based on a provisional assessment and is not derived from the FishSource profile.
References
MCS's Good Fish Guide - Sole, Lemon, North Sea, Skagerrak, Kattegat and Eastern English Channel

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Monkfishes nei

Lophius spp.

Skagerrak, Kattegat, North Sea and West of Scotland

Fishery countries:
U.K.
  • Bottom trawl

Not certified or in a FIP

Needs improvement

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • Bycatch is a risk for this fishery, but available information is limited.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the seabed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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North Pacific hake

Merluccius productus

NE Pacific

Fishery countries:
U.S.
  • Midwater trawl

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species.
  • Bycatch in this fishery is considered low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Northern prawn

Pandalus borealis

Denmark Strait

Fishery countries:
Iceland
  • Bottom trawl

Not certified or in a FIP

Profile not yet complete

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Northern prawn

Pandalus borealis

Gulf of St Lawrence Anticosti

Fishery countries:
Canada
  • Bottom trawl

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • Bycatch of ETP species is low. This fishery interacts with spotted wolffish and northern wolffish, but the fishery is not thought to jeopardise survival or recovery of these two species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the seabed. At the the time of the last MSC assessment, it was thought unlikely that this fishery was currently impacting identified sensitive areas.
General Notes

Caveat
The environmental notes for this fishery are based on a provisional assessment and are not derived from the FishSource profile.
References
Intertek, 2014, MSC Public Certification Report for the Gulf of St. Lawrence Northern Shrimp Trawl Fishery Shrimp Fishing Areas 8, 9, 10, 12

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Northern prawn

Pandalus borealis

Icelandic offshore

Fishery countries:
Iceland
  • Bottom trawl

Not certified or in a FIP

Profile not yet complete

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fishery is currently undergoing MSC full assessment.
  • This species plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.
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Northern prawn

Pandalus borealis

Nunavut Western

Fishery countries:
Canada
  • Bottom trawl

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • Bycatch of ETP species is low. This fishery interacts with spotted wolffish and northern wolffish, but the fishery is not thought to jeopardise survival or recovery of these two species.
  • There are no retained species in this fishery. A strategy is in place to minimise bycatch and ensure that the fishery does not hinder recovery of bycatch species.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed, however, this fishery is considered highly unlikely to have an irreversible impact on habitat structure and function.
General Notes

Caveat

The environmental notes for this fishery are based on a provisional assessment and are not derived from the FishSource profile.

References

Acoura Marine, 2016, MSC Public Certification Report for the Canada Northern and Striped Shrimp Fishery

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Northern prawn

Pandalus borealis

Western Greenland

Fishery countries:
Greenland
  • Bottom trawl

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.
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Peruvian calico scallop

Argopecten purpuratus

SE Pacific

Fishery countries:
Peru
  • Rake / hand gathered / hand netted

Not certified or in a FIP

Needs improvement

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Pink salmon

Oncorhynchus gorbuscha

Alaska

Fishery countries:
U.S.
  • Purse seine
  • Gillnets and entangling nets
  • Hook and line

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • While encounters with marine mammals and birds have been documented in this fishery, the impact on PET species is not thought to be significant.
  • There is no risk of bycatch for this fishery. Catches of other salmon species are accounted for in the pink salmon management.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the benthic habitat.
General Notes

Caveat
The environmental notes for this fishery are based on information that is partly derived from sources other than the FishSource profile.

References

Intertek Moody Marine, 2013, MSC Public Certification Report for Alaska Salmon Fishery.

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Queen scallop

Aequipecten opercularis

Irish Sea and W of Scotland

Fishery countries:
U.K.
  • Dredge

Not certified or in a FIP

Needs improvement

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • Bycatch is a risk for this fishery.
  • Dredges will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes

Other ratings
The Marine Conservation Society categorises the Irish Sea dredge fishery for Queen scallop as "Rating 4 (orange)".
Caveat
The stock status and management rating for this fishery is based on a provisional assessment and is not derived from the FishSource profile.
References
MCS's Good Fish Guide - Scallop, Queen, scallops, Irish Sea

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Shallow-water cape hake

Merluccius capensis

South Africa

Fishery countries:
South Africa
  • Bottom trawl

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • Previous concerns over interactions with seabirds have been mitigated using bird scaring lines and a reduction in fishing effort. However, information on seabird bycatch mortality is still limited.
  • There is bycatch for this fishery but there is a strategy in place for managing retained species. The discard rate for the fishery is very low and the fishery is unlikely to hinder the recovery of discarded species.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed, however, this fishery is considered highly unlikely to have an irreversible impact on habitat structure and function.
General Notes

Caveat
The environmental notes for this fishery are partly based on information from sources other than the FishSource profile.
References
Intertek, 2015, MSC Public Certification Report for South Africa Hake Trawl Fishery

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Skipjack tuna

Katsuwonus pelamis

Eastern Atlantic Ocean

Fishery countries:
Senegal
  • Handlines and pole-lines

Not certified or in a FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Skipjack tuna

Katsuwonus pelamis

Eastern Pacific Ocean

Fishery countries:
Ecuador
  • Purse seine

FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to sea turtles with this fishery.
  • Bycatch of sharks and other fish is a risk for this fishery.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
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Skipjack tuna

Katsuwonus pelamis

Indian Ocean

Fishery countries:
Indonesia
  • Handlines and pole-lines

FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Skipjack tuna

Katsuwonus pelamis

Indian Ocean

Fishery countries:
Maldives
  • Handlines and pole-lines

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Skipjack tuna

Katsuwonus pelamis

Western and Central Pacific Ocean

Fishery countries:
Indonesia
  • Handlines and pole-lines

FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Skipjack tuna

Katsuwonus pelamis

Western and Central Pacific Ocean

Fishery countries:
Philippines
  • Purse seine

Not certified or in a FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery uses FAD-free (unassociated) purse seine gear, which results in less bycatch than associated fisheries. However, purse seine gear still present a hazard to sea turtles, marine mammals and sharks.
  • This fishery uses FAD-free (unassociated) purse seine gear, which results in less bycatch than associated fisheries. However, bycatch is still a risk for this fishery.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Sockeye salmon

Oncorhynchus nerka

Alaska

Fishery countries:
U.S.
  • Purse seine
  • Gillnets and entangling nets

Certified

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the benthic habitat.
General Notes

Caveat
The environmental notes for this fishery are based on a provisional assessment and are not derived from the FishSource profile.
References
Intertek Moody Marine, 2013, MSC Public Certification Report for the Alaska Salmon Fishery

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Swordfish

Xiphias gladius

Indian Ocean

Fishery countries:
South Korea
  • Long line

Not certified or in a FIP

Needs improvement

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to seabirds and sea turtles with this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • Bycatch is a risk for this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • No additional notes
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Swordfish

Xiphias gladius

Northeast Pacific

Fishery countries:
South Korea
  • Hook and line

Not certified or in a FIP

Needs improvement

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to sea turtles with this fishery. 
  • Bycatch is a risk for this fishery. 
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes
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Swordfish

Xiphias gladius

Southeast Pacific

Fishery countries:
South Korea
  • Hook and line

Not certified or in a FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to sea turtles with this fishery.
  • Bycatch for this fishery includes tuna, billfish and sharks.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Swordfish

Xiphias gladius

Southwest Pacific

Fishery countries:
Vietnam
  • Long line
  • Handlines and pole-lines

Not certified or in a FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to seabirds, sea turtles and marine mammals with this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • Bycatch is a risk for this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes
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Thornback ray

Raja clavata

Irish and Celtic Seas

Fishery countries:
U.K.
  • Bottom trawl

Not certified or in a FIP

Needs improvement

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes

Other ratings
The Marine Conservation Society categorises the Irish and Celtic Seas Pit fishery for thornback ray caught with demersal otter trawl as "Rating 4 (orange)".

Caveat
The stock status and management rating for this fishery is based on a provisional assessment and is not derived from the FishSource profile.

References
MCS's Good Fish Guide - Ray, thornback ray, Roker, Irish and Celtic Seas

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Whiting

Merlangius merlangus

North Sea and Eastern English Channel

Fishery countries:
U.K.
  • Gillnets and entangling nets

Not certified or in a FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to marine mammals with this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • Bycatch is a risk in this fishery, but there is insufficient data available to assess significance.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Yellowfin tuna

Thunnus albacares

Eastern Pacific Ocean

Fishery countries:
Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, U.S.
  • Purse seine
  • Long line
  • Handlines and pole-lines

Some product from FIP fisheries

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • Risks to PET species vary by gear type. Longlines present a hazard to sea turtles. Dolphin-set purse seine gear interacts with marine mammals. There is also a risk to seabirds with this fishery.
  • Bycatch varies for this fishery depending on gear type. Longlines and purse seine gear present the greatest risk, while bycatch for pole and line gear is considered very low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Yellowfin tuna

Thunnus albacares

Indian Ocean

Fishery countries:
Indonesia, Maldives, South Korea, Sri Lanka
  • Seine nets
  • Long line
  • Handlines and pole-lines

Not certified or in a FIP

Needs improvement

Environmental Notes
  • Risks to PET species vary by gear type. Longlines present a hazard to seabirds, sea turtles, marine mammals and sharks, but these risks can be reduced through proper management of fishing gear.
  • Bycatch varies for this fishery depending on gear type.  Longlines present the greatest risk, while bycatch for pole and line gear is considered very low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.
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Yellowfin tuna

Thunnus albacares

Western and Central Pacific Ocean

Fishery countries:
South Korea
  • Long line

Not certified or in a FIP

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • Risks to PET species vary by gear type. Longlines and purse seine gear present a hazard to seabirds, sea turtles, marine mammals and sharks.
  • Bycatch varies for this fishery depending on gear type. Longlines and purse seine gear present the greatest risk, while bycatch for pole and line gear is considered very low.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.

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