Fisheries supplying Omega Protein\'s marine ingredients products have been recognised for their sustainability in a recent report from the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. (SFP)
The report, Reduction Fisheries: SFP Fisheries Sustainability Overview 2015, evaluates global fisheries targeting low trophic level species such as menhaden, herring and anchoveta. It gives high ratings to the Atlantic and Gulf menhaden fisheries, and the highest possible rating to the Antarctic krill fishery.
On these metrics, Omega Protein\'s primary marine ingredients - Antarctic krill, and Atlantic and Gulf menhaden - come from among the top-ranked sustainable fisheries in the world, even as recent news reports indicate that one-third of the global catch for reduction fisheries comes from fisheries ranked as poorly managed.
Antarctic krill was especially praised for its low, precautionary catch levels, which means that the krill fishery is not likely to be damaging the overall krill population.
Atlantic and Gulf menhaden are included among the highest ranked fish species, with both being rated as reasonably managed fisheries with stocks in good condition. Both received high marks for the current strong health of their menhaden populations, and the report considers both fisheries to be operated at sustainable levels. The Atlantic menhaden fishery improved its ranking significantly over last year\'s report, largely due to updated scientific information that clarified that the stock is healthy.
The full report can be read here.