The importance of sustainable fishing for the health of our oceans

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Fishing in a sustainable way is not an option, it’s our duty! We tell you everything you need to know about how to take care of our oceans.

Did you know that, according to the United Nations more than 3 billion people depend on the oceans as their main source of protein? And that marine fisheries directly or indirectly employ over 200 million people?

The sea is the greatest source of life on our planet, but its resources are not unlimited. Fishing practices can damage marine biodiversity. The disappearance of species is not only a tragedy for the marine ecosystem, but also threatens the way of life of the millions of people who depend on the wealth of our oceans. The solution: sustainable fishing. Here are its 7 main characteristics.

When can we consider a fishing method to be sustainable?

The UN agency for food and agriculture (FAO) has stressed the importance of sustainable fishing methods, with social, economic and environmental benefits, based on the FAO’s code of conduct for responsible fishing. Some of the most important measures included in the code of conduct are:

  1. Avoid excess fishing capacity and ensure that exploitation of stocks remains economically viable.
  2. Ensure that the economic conditions under which fishing industries operate promote responsible fishing;
  3. Take into account the interests of fishers, including subsistence, artisanal and small-scale fishermen and women;
  4. Preserve the biodiversity of aquatic habitats and ecosystems and protect endangered species;
  5. Allow depleted stocks to recover or, where appropriate, actively intervene to restore them;
  6. Assess and, where appropriate, correct negative environmental impacts on resources caused by human activity.
  7. 7. Minimise pollution, waste, discards, catches caused by lost or abandoned fishing gear, by-catches of non-target species, whether of fish and non-fish species, and impacts on associated or dependent species. This is achieved through measures such as the development and use of cost-effective and environmentally friendly selective fishing gear and techniques.

Purse seine fishing, a respectful fishing method.

Purse seining is used in open water, targeting large schools of fish. Using a huge net that can be more than 1 km long, the shoals of fish are surrounded by boats and the net is closed below them, leaving the fish inside.

This method of fishing limits the risk of including unwanted species among the catch. Moreover, as the nets are set in the open sea, they do not damage the seabed, thus preventing damage to the natural habitat of marine species.

Our sustainable fishing partner: Aztec Fishing.

Purse seine fishing is one of the most responsible fishing methods, but without taking appropriate measures, it still cannot be considered sustainable.
Pesca Azteca is a Mexican fishing company with the largest tuna fleet in Latin America. They specialise in purse seine fishing for yellowfin tuna under MSC and Dolphin Safe AIDPC rules. Both labels are internationally recognised for their high standards. And thanks to this sustainable fishing method, we can bring top-of-the-range frozen fish to the kitchens of every home.
Pesca Azteca acquires sustainable status through its objective: the search for and capture of mature tuna, in order to facilitate good reproduction. In addition, during fishing, resources are allocated to protect other species that may become caught in the process. All its vessels have a team of specialised divers dedicated to the rescue of turtles and dolphins caught in the nets. To ensure the transparency of the activity, an independent monitor is present on each vessel to check that no dolphins are harmed.