A little while past Ocean Rebellion registered for a breakfast hosted by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Indonesian government.
The catchily named ‘Help fisheries protect our Ocean’ requested questions to the panel, which we dutifully supplied.
The event promised “a panel discussion on the role of partnerships, the market and science in overcoming obstacles to sustainable fishing for developing economy and small-scale fisheries.”
This is a deeply interesting subject, especially given the MSCs support of bottom trawling fisheries and industrial fisheries still using unsustainable, harmful and polluting Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) that are decimating shark, cetacean and juvenile yellowfin tuna populations, as well as longline tuna fisheries heavily involved in shark finning and other types of wildlife crime and ecocide.
Maybe the MSC is turning a leaf and changing for the better?
Unfortunately Ocean Rebellion will never know, before we could attend we received this:
We tried to attend anyway:
Trust is a two-way street.
Ocean Rebellion invited an MSC representative to a discussion some time ago, we hosted them and served tea. Unfortunately they offered no reassurance that the MSC will change its ways – offering no explanation of why the MSC refuses to count blue carbon nor why it still supports bottom trawling.
We (again) ask the MSC, and all other certification bodies, to demand a suspension of industrial fishing until the state of fish stocks is fully understood, with any fishers affected by this suspension receiving compensation from their governments.
Photo of the illumination of Torre de Belém: João Daniel Pereira.
The fate of the Ocean depends on us all.
We’ll let you know what we’re doing to help.