US NGO Congratulates Moroccan Sardine Fishery on Sustainability Progress

Rabat – The US NGO “Sustainable Fisheries Partnership” (SFP) welcomed “the extraordinary progress” of the Moroccan sardine fishery improvement project (FIP), the ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries said in a statement.The project has achieved significant increases in scores on the Marine Stewardship Council FIP benchmark tool during its two years of operation and has the highest possible “A” progress rating on the SFP Fishsource database, SFP said.”The management framework has greatly improved since the project started, with both stocks subject to a management plan, and while this aspect is still evolving, the most recent stock assessments show that Moroccan-managed stocks are generally in good shape,” said Jo Gascoigne, the FIP’s chief scientist. Among other improvements, the fishery now includes scientific observers on boats to monitor fishing practices, and efforts to put new harvest control rules in place.The Moroccan Sardine fishery has improved from an overall index of 0.59 (central zone) / 0.61 (south zone) to 0.74 (both), with a recently published stock assessment included in this score and the fishery’s assessments updated to reflect this better performance, the source noted.Founded in 2006, the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Foundation – known as Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) – is a nonprofit organization dedicated to rebuilding depleted fish stocks and reducing the environmental and social impacts of fishing and fish farming through engaging fishery stakeholders (communities, NGOs, government, etc.) and seafood businesses in every part of the supply chain.With MAP

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