Shrimp fisheries in Louisiana received favorable marks on sustainability from the Audubon Nature Institute and the Marine Stewardship and Conservation program standards.
Damon Morris, Strategic Program Manager at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said Louisiana’s shrimp fisheries received almost all positive marks under both organizations’ standards with the only issues arising from data collection and management that may have been cleared up in a full assessment.
n the case of the only two “red” marks received, both of which from the Marine Stewardship and Conversation’s standards, were because LDWF doesn’t collect data to the detail the stewardship and conservation program does, Morris said.
When the notion of sustainability assessments were devised, it was for fisheries products to get into niche markets but now retailers are saying if the fishery is not sustainable then the product won’t get into the market at all, Morris said.
By Sean Ellis on houmatoday.com
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