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8% of snapper and grouper sustainable

Staff Writer |
Just 8% of global production of snapper and grouper can be classified as sustainable or improving, and the key to improving the sector worldwide lies largely in Southeast Asia, according to the newest sector report released by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP).

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The "Target 75 Sector Report: Snapper Grouper" is focused on SFP’s Target 75 Initiative, launched globally last year with the goal of seeing producers of 75% of the world’s seafood operating sustainably or improving toward sustainable production by the close of 2020.

Improving the global snapper and grouper sector will require major improvements to both fisheries and aquaculture in the industry, making it difficult for the sector to hit T75 goals in time for the 2020 deadline, the report notes.

“The mostly artisanal and geographically distributed nature of the fisheries requires a co-management approach, which in many countries will require investments in basic fisheries management.

“These improvements are required at a national level to truly effect change; thus, national-level FIPs may be a key tool,” the report’s authors wrote.