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Eco-labelling of wild-caught seafood products

This paper, "Eco-labelling of wild-caught seafood products", describes and analyses the criteria applied by four different eco-labelling schemes for seafood products from capture fisheries, and discusses the criteria in terms of environmental impacts, based on the ISO 14040 standard for life cycle assessment. It is concluded that the most widespread eco-label, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), mainly addresses the fishing stage, in particular the overexploitation of marine resources.
This paper, "Eco-labelling of wild-caught seafood products", describes and analyses the criteria applied by four different eco-labelling schemes for seafood products from capture fisheries, and discusses the criteria in terms of environmental impacts, based on the ISO 14040 standard for life cycle assessment. It is concluded that the most widespread eco-label, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), mainly addresses the fishing stage, in particular the overexploitation of marine resources. LCA studies confirm that the fishing stage represents the most significant environmental burden, but energy consumption and emissions of anti-fouling agents at the fishing or harvesting stage contribute with significant impacts that are not being addressed by international labelling initiatives for wild-caught seafood. It is recommended, that international initiatives such as MSC develop criteria related to energy use and chemicals – at least at the fishing stage. This paper, M. Thrane et al. / Journal of Cleaner Production 17 (2009) 416–423, is attached below.
 

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