Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Last Post

This Blog has been going for a couple of years now and it would be nice to think it has achieved something - at least some sober second thought and discussion regarding the certification of fisheries as "sustainable" even when the evidence isn't really there to support that designation.

Inevitably the Blog has focussed on the actions and activities of the Marine Stewardship Council.  Over the period of this Blog MSC has grown in scope and influence and there has been a corresponding increase in the number of fisheries gaining MSC certification. There has also been an increase in the number of controversial certifications.

Environmental groups have challenged many of these controversial certifications on scientific grounds but MSC has generally been dismissive of any criticism.

To succeed MSC has to pander to some degree to the interests of the fishing industry and large corporations.  How much they do so is up to them.  How much value we place on MSC sustainability certification is up to us.

Fishyfellow signing off....