”Goggles for Africa”
The idea for this project came to us at Christmas 2012 when we went to Africa to visit a friend who was working there in an international development project. As we like diving, we brought our snorkelling equipment with us. One day when we were on the beach snorkelling, a group of kids approached us to know what we were doing. We let them our goggles and their reaction was surprising. Although they came from a nearby fishing community and their income mainly depended on marine resources, it was the first time that they have watched a fish swimming!
We think that “Protection begins with knowledge”, i.e. the more you know about your resources, the more you to protect them. That’s why we have developed a workshop about marine life (including fish, turtles and other species) and sustainable fishing for kids between 5 and 12 years belonging to small fishing communities. This workshop include practical activities where kids will learn to float (or more importantly, get comfortable into the water) and to use googles to watch how fish live and swim.
Our first series of workshops will be undertaken in spring 2016 in São Tomé and Príncipe a Portuguese-speaking island nation situated in the Gulf of Guinea. According to the Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations (FAO) 9000 artisanal fishermen work in the country and about 80% percent of total animal protein intake in São Tomé and Príncipe relies on seafood, one of the highest percentages in the continent. The principal aim of this project is to ensure that seafood supplies and livelihoods are safeguarded for future generations in the country.
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Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs)
Many fisheries around the world are not yet sustainably managed. It means that these fisheries are missing marketing opportunities and higher prices due to the fact that they can’t sell their products to some major seafood buyers or local retailers who are committed to sustainability in their sourcing.
Fishery improvement projects (FIPs) help fisheries to meet national and international sustainable standards by involving multiple stakeholders—such as fishermen, buyers, researchers, managers and NGOs— to improve fishing practices and management. The involvement of multiple stakeholders with different perspectives and backgrounds ensures that the FIP activities are appropriate for the social and economic context of the fishery.
Our consultants at Naunet are specialized in fisheries certification programs. They are able to work initiating and coordinating fishery improvement projects (FIPs) and providing technical support to the stakeholders involved in the FIP. Some of the works carried out by Naunet fisheries consultants include:
- Development of work plans designed to address deficiencies in the fishery to achieve a level of sustainability consistent with international standards;
- Designing of systems for tracking and reporting progress against the indicators indicate in the work plan;
- Engage stakeholders to join forces in FIPs.
For more info about FIPs, please visit:
World Wildlife Fund
Sustainable seafood: Consumer guides
WWF, together with the Seafood Choices Alliance, North Sea Foundation and the Marine Conservation Society, developed a methodology to assess the sustainability of seafood species. Based on this, they’ve created guides that tell you which seafood to enjoy and which seafood to avoid.
Naunet fisheries Consultants has been working with WWF assessing seafood species for the WWF sustainable seafood consumer guide since the year 2013 (our latest reports: the lumpfish net fishery in Iceland, the Argentine shortfin squid trawl fishery in the Falkland Islands, the Cape dory trawl fishery in Namibia or the white scallop dredge fishery in Russia).
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Seafood Watch program (Monterey Bay Aquarium)
The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that’s fished or farmed in ways that protect sea life and habitats, now and for future generations. Their recommendations indicate which seafood items are “Best Choices” (green light) or “Good Alternatives” (amber light) and which ones you should “Avoid” (red light).
They raise public awareness about sustainable seafood issues through their consumer guides, website, mobile apps and outreach efforts. Since 1999, they’ve distributed over 45 million consumer guides and their smartphone app has been downloaded over a million times. They also encourage restaurants, distributors and seafood purveyors to purchase from sustainable sources. They have over 200 partners across North America, including two of the largest food service companies in the U.S.
In 2014 our consultancy conducted a desk-study for the Seafood Watch program about the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) fishery in Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal and Spain. In 2015 we worked in an assessment about the day octopus (Octopus cyanea) fishery in Indonesia and we were also hired to test the new SFW standards. New assessments will come in the next moths. Please find a copy of our published reports in the links below:
Common octopus fishery in Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal and Spain (2014):
Day octopus fishery in Indonesia (2015):
More information on the Seafood Watch scheme is available at their website: http://www.seafoodwatch.org/about-us
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC Certified Sustainable Seafood)
The MSC runs an ambitious program, working with partners to transform the world’s seafood markets and promote sustainable fishing practices. Their vision is for the world’s oceans to be teeming with life, and seafood supplies safeguarded for this and future generations.
The MSC Fisheries Standard is designed to assess if a fishery is well-managed and sustainable. Their standards were developed through consultation with the fishing industry, scientists, conservation groups, experts and stakeholders. These standards detail the requirements for fisheries to be certified as sustainable and for businesses to trade in certified seafood.
All certified fisheries must meet three core principles:
- Principle 1. Sustainable fish stocks
- Principle 2. Minimising environmental impact
- Principle 3. Effective management
Fisheries and seafood businesses voluntarily seek certification against the relevant standards. These standards meet international best practice guidelines for certification and ecolabelling. Only seafood from an MSC certified fishery can carry the MSC ecolabel.
Consultants from Naunet Fisheries Consultants have been collaborating since 2013 as local experts in some MSC fisheries assessments undertake in Spain and Portugal. We are also work as a peer-reviewers and Principle 2 experts.
More information on the MSC scheme is available at their website: http://www.msc.org/