Food Lion

Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C. since 1957, has more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has donated more than 500 million meals to individuals and families since 2014, and has committed to donate 1 billion more meals by 2025. Food Lion is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Zaandam-based Ahold Delhaize. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.

Number of Fisheries Used
Number of Certified Fisheries
Number of Fisheries in a FIP
Number of Fisheries Assessed as Low Risk by Nonprofit Science Partner

Number of Fisheries Used

84

Number of Certified Fisheries

26

Number of Fisheries in a FIP

17

Number of Fisheries Assessed as Low Risk by Nonprofit Science Partner

41

Production Methods Used
    • Midwater trawl
    • Bottom trawl
    • Dredge
    • Purse seine
    • FAD-free (unassociated) purse seine
    • Seine nets
    • Lift nets
    • Gillnets and entangling nets
    • Hook and line
    • Longlines
    • Handlines and pole-lines
    • Rake / hand gathered / hand netted
    • Pots and traps
Summary

Food Lion has a comprehensive sustainable seafood policy. We are committed to sourcing only seafood from fisheries and farms that are well managed to ensure that fish populations remain healthy and that fishing and farming methods have a minimum environmental and social impact. All seafood we sell, whether it’s fresh, frozen, or canned, must meet important sustainability criteria. We work with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), a nonprofit marine research institution, to help us maintain the credibility and transparency of our policy. For both wild-caught and farmed seafood, we will source a product if it has a certification benchmarked by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI), or if it is from an active fishery improvement project (FIP) or aquaculture improvement project (AIP). In cases where neither exists, we will only source a product if it assessed as low risk by GMRI. Low risk sources are managed by competent authorities and have management plans in place that incorporate a science-based approach to ensure sustainability. We only work with suppliers that know where the seafood they provide us comes from, and we require traceability to the source fishery or farm for every item we carry. We partner with Trace Register to document source data for all seafood products.

Food Lion is deeply concerned about the well-being of the men and women who contribute to bringing seafood to our stores. From harvesting to processing and distribution, we are committed to ensuring ethical recruitment and conditions of labor. This is a highly complex issue and spans many of our seafood supply chains. We are actively engaged in bringing together numerous stakeholders, NGOs, and other private sector companies to collaboratively address unsatisfactory human welfare conditions, the most egregious being slavery at sea. We will not knowingly sell seafood from illegal, unreported, or unregulated (IUU) sources. Food Lion also requires canned tuna suppliers to comply with the International Sustainable Seafood Foundation conservation measures, and encourages shrimp suppliers to buy from Seafood Task Force members when sourcing from Thailand. Food Lion’s parent company, Ahold Delhaize, is a member of the Seafood Task Force, as well as the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability. Ahold Delhaize is also a signatory to the World Economic Forum Tuna Declaration. Through the Tuna Declaration, we are committed to pursuing traceability to the vessel for all fresh, frozen, and canned tuna from every country.

This profile covers fresh, frozen, and canned wild caught seafood sold by Food Lion in 2019. For more information on our seafood sourcing policy, please visit:

Associated Fisheries

Species and Location
Production Methods
Certification or Improvement Project
Sustainability Ratings
Notes

Species and Location

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Acadian redfish

Sebastes fasciatus

Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Hook and line

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Acadian redfish

Sebastes fasciatus

Scotian shelf

Fishery countries:
Canada

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is not believed to be an issue for PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is a risk.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Alaska pollock

Theragra chalcogramma

Gulf of Alaska

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Midwater trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

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, but occasional impacts may occur.
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.

Species and Location

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Alaska pollock

Theragra chalcogramma

Navarinksy

Fishery countries:
Russia

Production Methods

  • Midwater trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Alaska pollock

Theragra chalcogramma

Sea of Okhotsk

Fishery countries:
Russia

Production Methods

  • Midwater trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

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.

Species and Location

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Albacore

Thunnus alalunga

Indian Ocean

Fishery countries:
Indonesia, Malaysia

Production Methods

  • Longlines

Certification or Improvement Project

FIP

Sustainability Ratings

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

References

Fishery Progress, Indian Ocean tuna - longline (Thai Union)

Fishery Progress, Indonesia Indian Ocean tuna - longline

Species and Location

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Albacore

Thunnus alalunga

Indian Ocean

Fishery countries:
China, Taiwan

Production Methods

  • Longlines

Certification or Improvement Project

FIP

Sustainability Ratings

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

References

Fishery Progress, Indian Ocean albacore tuna - longline (Bumble Bee/FCF)

Species and Location

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Albacore

Thunnus alalunga

North Atlantic

Fishery countries:
Spain

Production Methods

  • Longlines

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

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
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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American cupped oyster

Crassostrea virginica

US Atlantic

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Dredge

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Needs improvement

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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American lobster

Homarus americanus

Bay of Fundy

Fishery countries:
Canada

Production Methods

  • Pots and traps

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

Well managed

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

Species and Location

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American lobster

Homarus americanus

Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Pots and traps

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

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.

Species and Location

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American sea scallop

Placopecten magellanicus

Eastern Georges Bank

Fishery countries:
Canada

Production Methods

  • Dredge

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have significant impacts on PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is likely to be low. Furthermore, bycatch of commercial finfish is included in groundfish quotas.
  • Dredges will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes

Reference

Seafood Watch, 2011, Canada Atlantic Sea Scallop Seafood Watch Report

Species and Location

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American sea scallop

Placopecten magellanicus

US Atlantic - Mid-Atlantic Bight

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Dredge

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to sea turtles with this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • Bycatch is a risk in this fishery.
  • Dredges will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.

Species and Location

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Anchoveta

Engraulis ringens

Peruvian Northern-Central Industrial

Fishery countries:
Peru

Production Methods

  • Purse seine

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

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
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.

Species and Location

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Argentine red shrimp

Pleoticus muelleri

Patagonian - Argentina offshore industrial

Fishery countries:
Argentina

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to sharks and rays with this fishery.
  • Bycatch of hake is a risk with this fishery.
  • Bottom trawls directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes

References

Fishery Progress, Argentina offshore red shrimp - bottom trawl

Species and Location

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Atlantic cod

Gadus morhua

Barents Sea

Fishery countries:
Russia

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are potential risks to PET species with this fishery, but mitigation actions are underway.
  • Bycatch is a risk for this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.

Species and Location

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Atlantic croaker

Micropogonias undulatus

N&S American Atlantic Coast

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Gillnets and entangling nets

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Atlantic herring

Clupea harengus

Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Seine nets

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to marine mammals 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.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Atlantic herring

Clupea harengus

North Sea Autumn spawners

Fishery countries:
Sweden

Production Methods

  • Purse seine

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

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
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Atlantic seabob

Xiphopenaeus kroyeri

Guyanese

Fishery countries:
Guyana

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • There is a risk to PET species with this fishery.
  • Bycatch is a risk for this fishery, but there is insufficient data available to assess significance.
  • Habitat impacts in this fishery are not well understood.
General Notes

References

Fishery Progress, Guyana Atlantic seabob - otter trawl

Species and Location

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Atlantic Spanish mackerel

Scomberomorus maculatus

Western Atlantic

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Gillnets and entangling nets

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Atlantic surf clam

Spisula solidissima

NW Atlantic

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Dredge

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

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

Species and Location

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Black grouper

Mycteroperca bonaci

Northern Gulf of Mexico and NW Atlantic southern

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Longlines

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Black seabass

Centropristis striata

NW Atlantic

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Gillnets and entangling nets

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Blacktip shark

Carcharhinus limbatus

Gulf of Mexico

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Longlines

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Blue catfish

Ictalurus furcatus

Chesapeake Bay

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Gillnets and entangling nets

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Blue crab

Callinectes sapidus

Chesapeake Bay

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Pots and traps

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Blue king crab

Paralithodes platypus

W Bering Sea

Fishery countries:
Russia

Production Methods

  • Pots and traps

Certification or Improvement Project

FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes

References

Crab Catchers Association, Russia Far East Crab FIP

Species and Location

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Blue mussel

Mytilus edulis

Gulf of Maine

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Dredge

Certification or Improvement Project

FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • Dredges will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes

References
Fishery Progress, US Maine blue mussel - dredge/rake

Species and Location

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Blue swimming crab

Portunus pelagicus

Java Sea

Fishery countries:
Indonesia

Production Methods

  • Pots and traps

Certification or Improvement Project

FIP

Sustainability Ratings

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

References

Fishery Progress, Indonesian blue swimming crab - gillnet/trap

Species and Location

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Blue swimming crab

Portunus pelagicus

Philippines

Fishery countries:
Philippines

Production Methods

  • Pots and traps

Certification or Improvement Project

FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Needs improvement

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to marine mammals and 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

References

Fishery Progress, Philippines blue swimming crab - bottom-set gillnet & pot/trap

Species and Location

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Bluefish

Pomatomus saltatrix

W North Atlantic

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Hook and line

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to marine mammals with this fishery.
  • There is bycatch for this fishery, but the scale of the issue is not established.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Chum salmon

Oncorhynchus keta

Alaska - Bristol Bay

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Gillnets and entangling nets

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

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

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

Species and Location

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Coho salmon

Oncorhynchus kisutch

Alaska - Bristol Bay

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Gillnets and entangling nets

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

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

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

Species and Location

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Common squids nei

Loligo spp.

Indonesian waters

Fishery countries:
Indonesia

Production Methods

  • Lift nets

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Dungeness crab

Cancer magister

Oregon

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Pots and traps

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

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
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.
  • This fishery was previously MSC-certified but withdrew from the MSC program in 2015. As of 2017, the fishery is undergoing an MSC Pre-Assessment.

References

Marine Stewardship Council, Oregon Dungeness Crab

Species and Location

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European anchovy

Engraulis encrasicolus

Bay of Biscay

Fishery countries:
Spain

Production Methods

  • Purse seine

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • 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.

Species and Location

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European anchovy

Engraulis encrasicolus

NW Africa

Fishery countries:
Morocco

Production Methods

  • Purse seine

Certification or Improvement Project

FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to marine mammals and sharks 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
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.

References

FisheryProgress, Morocco anchovy - purse seine

Species and Location

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European plaice

Pleuronectes platessa

North Sea and Skagerrak

Fishery countries:
Netherlands

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

Well managed

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

Species and Location

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European sprat

Sprattus sprattus

Baltic Sea

Fishery countries:
Poland

Production Methods

  • Midwater trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to have direct impacts on protected, endangered and threatened (PET) species, but available data is still limited.
  • The main bycatch species, Baltic herring, is well managed.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.
  • This fish plays an important role in the marine food web and so potential impacts on the wider marine ecosystem must be monitored.

Species and Location

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Flathead sole

Hippoglossoides elassodon

Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

Well managed

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

Species and Location

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Goldstripe sardinella

Sardinella gibbosa

Western Central Pacific Ocean

Fishery countries:
China

Production Methods

  • Seine nets

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Haddock

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Barents Sea

Fishery countries:
Norway

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species, but available data is still limited.
  • 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 strengthen understanding of fishery interactions with sensitive habitat.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.

Species and Location

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Haddock

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

E Georges Bank

Fishery countries:
Canada

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to PET species 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.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact the sea bed. However, management measures are in place
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, GMRI.

Species and Location

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Haddock

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Gulf of Maine

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species.
  • Bycatch is a significant risk for this fishery.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes

Species and Location

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Haddock

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Icelandic

Fishery countries:
Iceland

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

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.

Species and Location

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Japanese threadfin bream

Nemipterus japonicus

Western Indian Ocean

Fishery countries:
India

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to marine mammals with this fishery.
  • Bycatch is a risk for this fishery.
  • 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

References

Fishery Progress, India threadfin bream - trawl

Species and Location

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Longfin squid

Loligo pealeii

NW Atlantic

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to marine mammals, sharks, and rays with this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • There is some risk of bycatch by bottom trawl gear.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes.

Species and Location

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Mahi-mahi

Coryphaena hippurus

Eastern Pacific Ocean

Fishery countries:
Ecuador

Production Methods

  • Longlines

Certification or Improvement Project

FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

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

References

Fishery Progress, Ecuador mahi-mahi - longline

Species and Location

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Mahi-mahi

Coryphaena hippurus

Atlantic

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Hook and line

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • There are potential risks to turtles and sharks depending on gear type, but there is limited data.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is a risk, but there is insufficient data available to assess significance.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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North Pacific hake

Merluccius productus

NE Pacific

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Midwater trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

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.

Species and Location

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Northern brown shrimp

Penaeus aztecus

NW Atlantic - US Federal

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • There is potential for turtle interactions with this fishery, but excluder devices are fitted to nets for protection.
  • Bycatch is a risk for this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed. However,
    management measures are in place.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Northern pink shrimp

Penaeus duorarum

Northern Gulf of Mexico - Florida

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • There is potential for turtle interactions with this fishery, but excluder devices are fitted to nets for protection.
  • Bycatch is a significant risk for this fishery.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes

References

Fishery Progress, US Gulf of Mexico northern pink shrimp - otter trawl

Species and Location

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Northern quahog

Mercenaria mercenaria

US NW Atlantic Coast

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Dredge
  • Rake / hand gathered / hand netted

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

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
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Opalescent inshore squid

Loligo opalescens

Eastern Pacific

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Purse seine

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to seabirds with this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • There is a lack of information on bycatch in this fishery.
  • This fishery has some negative habitat impacts.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, GMRI.

Species and Location

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Pacific calico scallop

Argopecten ventricosus

Central Pacific coast

Fishery countries:
Mexico

Production Methods

  • Rake / hand gathered / hand netted

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

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
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Pacific cod

Gadus macrocephalus

E Bering Sea

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to seabirds and marine mammals with this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • 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. However, management measures are in place.
General Notes
  • No additional notes

Species and Location

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Pacific cod

Gadus macrocephalus

W Bering Sea

Fishery countries:
Russia

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to seabirds with this fishery.
  • Bycatch is a significant risk for this fishery. This fish is caught as bycatch in other fisheries.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Pacific halibut

Hippoglossus stenolepis

NE Pacific - Alaska

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Longlines

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to seabirds with this fishery, but mitigation actions are underway.
  • Bycatch is a risk for 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

Species and Location

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Pink salmon

Oncorhynchus gorbuscha

Alaska - Cook Inlet

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Purse seine

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

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

Species and Location

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Pink salmon

Oncorhynchus gorbuscha

Alaska - Southeast Alaska

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Gillnets and entangling nets

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

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

Species and Location

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Porgy

Pagrus pagrus

NW Atlantic

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Gillnets and entangling nets

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Red drum

Sciaenops ocellatus

NW Atlantic

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Gillnets and entangling nets

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Red king crab

Paralithodes camtschaticus

Barents Sea

Fishery countries:
Russia

Production Methods

  • Pots and traps

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species.
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Red swamp crawfish

Procambarus clarkii

Guadalquivir delta

Fishery countries:
Spain

Production Methods

  • Pots and traps

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • There is a lack of information on interactions with PET species in this fishery. The only known significant impact with this fishery is the effect of the introduced crawfish species on the indigenous crawfish species.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is considered low.
  • This is a freshwater fishery close to rice fields, so the habitat impact is very limited.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Rock sole

Lepidopsetta bilineata

Gulf of Alaska

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

Well managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact PET species.
  • Bycatch is a risk for this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes

Species and Location

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Sheepshead

Archosargus probatocephalus

NW Atlantic

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Gillnets and entangling nets

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Skipjack tuna

Katsuwonus pelamis

Western and Central Pacific Ocean - WCPFC

Fishery countries:
Thailand

Production Methods

  • FAD-free (unassociated) purse seine

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to sea turtles, seabirds and marine mammals with this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • Bycatch for this fishery includes other tuna, billfishes and sharks.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Skipjack tuna

Katsuwonus pelamis

Western and Central Pacific Ocean - WCPFC

Fishery countries:
Thailand

Production Methods

  • Handlines and pole-lines

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • Interactions with protected, endangered and threatened (PET) species are low in the unassociated fishery.
  • Bycatch for this fishery includes other tuna, billfishes and sharks.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Sockeye salmon

Oncorhynchus nerka

Alaska - Southeast Alaska

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Gillnets and entangling nets

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

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

Species and Location

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Southern red snapper

Lutjanus purpureus

Brazil

Fishery countries:
Brazil

Production Methods

  • Hook and line

Certification or Improvement Project

FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Needs improvement

Environmental Notes
  • The interaction of this fishery with PET species is unknown.
  • Bycatch for this fishery is a risk.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes

References

Fishery Progress, Northern Brazil Caribbean red snapper - pot/trap

Species and Location

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Speckled shrimp

Metapenaeus monoceros

Indonesia

Fishery countries:
Indonesia

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Spot croaker

Leiostomus xanthurus

NW Atlantic Central

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Gillnets and entangling nets

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Striped bass

Morone saxatilis

US Atlantic

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Gillnets and entangling nets

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Striped weakfish

Cynoscion striatus

Southwest Atlantic

Fishery countries:
Argentina

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Swordfish

Xiphias gladius

Southeast Pacific

Fishery countries:
Chile

Production Methods

  • Longlines

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to sea turtles with this fishery.
  • Bycatch for this fishery includes tuna, sharks, billfishes and other fish.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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White perch

Morone americana

Lake Erie

Fishery countries:
Canada

Production Methods

  • Gillnets and entangling nets

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

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.
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Titi shrimp

Protrachypene precipua

Ecuador

Fishery countries:
Ecuador

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Not certified or in a FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Sustainability not rated

Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
  • Bycatch is a risk for this fishery.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • This fishery is assessed as low risk by our nonprofit science partner, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Species and Location

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Yellowfin sole

Limanda aspera

Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

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

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

References

MRAG Americas, 2015, MSC Public Certification Report for Bering Sea-Aleutian Islands Alaska Flatfish Fishery

Species and Location

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Yellowfin tuna

Thunnus albacares

Indian Ocean

Fishery countries:
Indonesia

Production Methods

  • Longlines

Certification or Improvement Project

FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Needs improvement

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.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes

References

Fishery Progress, Indonesia/Indian Ocean tuna and large pelagics - longline

Species and Location

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Yellowfin tuna

Thunnus albacares

Western and Central Pacific Ocean

Fishery countries:
Indonesia

Production Methods

  • Handlines and pole-lines

Certification or Improvement Project

FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • This fishery is unlikely to impact protected, endangered and threatened (PET) species.
  • Bycatch is considered low for this fishery.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes

References

Fishery Progress, Indonesia Western and Central Pacific Ocean yellowfin tuna - pole & line

Species and Location

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Yellowfin tuna

Thunnus albacares

Western and Central Pacific Ocean

Fishery countries:
Vietnam

Production Methods

  • Longlines

Certification or Improvement Project

FIP

Sustainability Ratings

Managed

Environmental Notes
  • There is a risk to PET species with this fishery. Longlines present a hazard to turtles, seabirds and sharks, but these risks can be reduced through proper management of fishing gear.
  • There is bycatch for this fishery but the scale of the issue is not established.
  • This fishery is unlikely to have a significant impact on the sea bed.
General Notes

References

Fishery Progress, Vietnam yellowfin tuna - longline/handline