Ocean Trust has a solid track record in building fishery, wildlife and marine conservation partnerships across diverse interests in the public and private sector achieving many significant milestones and receiving six national awards for its work.
Ocean Trust moderated a conference session on Rationalizing Seafood Sustainability at the 2016 Seafood Expo North America calling for changes in the certification and ecolabelling of sustainable seafood. “We need to be realistic when looking at fisheries, the vast majority of which have not been certified because of the impractically and cost under the current certification programs,” said Thor Lassen, President of Ocean Trust.
Ocean Trust and NOAA presented a new approach to assess the sustainability of seafood at the Food and Agriculture Organization Committee on Fisheries (COFI) meeting in Rome. Thor Lassen, president of Ocean Trust and member of the US Delegation to COFI led the presentation. “Sustainability, although often gauged on a fishery by fishery basis, is actually the result of a well-designed and implemented management system,” said Lassen. “We present a structured evaluation process to assess management systems ability to maintain the sustainability of fisheries under national and state programs.” The briefing presented the methodology, initial assessments of US management systems, and its potential to bring greater recognition and acceptance of State sponsored assessments.
Have we lost touch with reality as consumers and end users place too much faith in seafood choice cards and campaigan press releases over competent science and management?
"As convenient as it is to follow the advice of non-governmental organization campaigns or seafood buying cards, it can be over-simplistic, losing distinctions among stock groups like Atlantic cod and over-stated like advice to buy legal Mexican shrimp."
I was stopped in the aisle of the International Boston Seafood Show last month by a supporter who told me one of his customers received a complaint about serving an endangered species.
“What species?” I asked. “Atlantic cod,” he responded.