Sustainable Swordfish?

A while ago I wrote about the attempt to get the Atlantic spiny dogfish fishery certified as sustainable.  It seems the MSC has come under fire for certifying another fishery that has a significant impact on sharks: the Canadian swordfish longline fishery.  Due to issues with the certification process, it seems that some threatened and near-threatened species of sharks are not technically considered “ETP” (Endangered-Threatened-Protected) species, despite listing on the IUCN Red List and other conservation organizations.  The Canadian conservation group Friends of Hector sent a letter to the MSC with these concerns.

David has a much more thorough description of the issue than I do, so be sure to check out his post.  For other general concerns over the MSC’s certification process, check out this blog dedicated to just that.

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