Evaluating sustainable sources of common octopus for a Spanish importer

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We were appointed by one of the main Spanish octopus importers to search for alternative sources of prime-quality and sustainable octopus, in order to reduce its strong dependency on traditional exporting countries such as Morocco and Mauritania.

Firstly, we undertook an in-depth desktop-based review of global octopus fisheries, identifying the species and landed volumes. For each fishery identified we also collected information on the fishing methods employed, the existing management measures and the state of the resources.

Based on this scoping, we provided our clients with a final list of the most interesting alternative sources of sustainable octopus, so that they could position themselves in strategic niche markets with an increasing demand for this product.