B2. Sustainable fisheries

 

Type: Pressure Indicator

 

Indicator Description

Sustainable fisheries will help to ensure our marine ecosystems remain diverse and resilient, and provide a long-term and viable fishing industry.  

This indicator is likely to change in the future to reflect a new indicator being developed to report under the OSPAR Convention.

Summary

 

No new data since the previous publication.

In 2013, 31% of the indicator stocks around the UK (four of the 13 stocks) were at full reproductive capacity and were being harvested sustainably.  This is an increase from the average for 1990–1992 of 24% (three indicator stocks). 

The sustainability indicator in 2013 has increased from the lowest value of 8% in 1998 and 1999, and from the average value for 2007–2009 (21%).

 

Figure B2i. Percentage of fish stocks harvested sustainably and at full reproductive capacity, 1990 to 2013.

 

Figure B2i. Percentage of fish stocks harvested sustainably and at full reproductive capacity, 1990 to 2013

 

Notes: Based on 13 stocks for which accurate time series are available, derived from stock assessment reports.

Source: Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science; International Council for the Exploration of the Sea.

 

Assessment of change in stocks harvested sustainably and at full reproductive capacity

 

Long term

Short term

Latest year

Sustainable fisheries

indicator improving
1990–2013

indicator improving
2008–2013

No change (2013)

 

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Last updated: December 2015

Latest data available: 2013