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Assessment against the principles and criteria of the MSC for sustainable fishing, Southern Brittany's purse seine Sardine fishery

Abstract : This report presents the result of the South-Brittany Purse-seine sardine Fishery assessment against Marine Steawardship Council Principles and Criteria. The client of this assessment is the "Association des Bolincheurs de Bretagne". The fishery covered by the assessment is managed by the French Committees for fisheries and marine farms (CRPMEM) supervised by the Producers Organization. The target species, Common sardine (Sardina pilchardus) is fished in the 12 nautil mile area in the ICESarea VIIe and VIIIa in the south of the 48°30' parallel (northern boundary) an d north of the border between the Brittany and Pays de Loire regions (southern boundary). The vessels of the "Association des bolincheurs de Bretagne", holder of a purse seine license are covered by the assessment. BUREAU VERITAS CERTIFICATION, as the assessor was in charge of the assessment process. This main fishery assessment took place in Brittany, with site visits and meetings in May/June 2010, and was undertaken by an assessment team comprising Xavière LAGADEC (team manager), Sophie DES CLERS (Expert on P3), Marie LESUEUR (Expert advisor), Didier GASCUEL (Expert on P1) and Olivier LE PAPE (Expert on P2). Following the redaction of the Client draft report and its review by the client (July -October 2009), two peers reviewers (Gilles CAUVIN and Richard SABATIE) commented the report (November 2009). The comments and recommendations of the peer reviewers were reviewed by the assessment team and the draft report modified accordingly, and issued on December 2009 for the public consultation. Under each Principles the assessment team assessed the status, results, management and information of the target species (P1); of the retained, bycatch and ETP species, the habitat and ecosystem impact (P2) ; and of the fishery management (P3). The three Principles have been scored above 80 (P1=80, P2=81, P3=82) and seven Performance Indicators get a score under 80. The performance indicators scored under 80 were the 1.2.1 (75), 1.2.2 (75), 2.1.2 (75), 2.2.3 (65), 2.4.3 (70), 3.2.1 (60) and 3.2.2 (65). The assessment team set therefore 4 conditions for continuing the certification, that the client is required to address within a period no longer than the term of the certification and determined by the certification body. The client the " Association des Bolincheurs de Bretagne ", in collaboration with Regional Fishing Committee of Brittany notably, responded to the condition, by developing an action plan to meet the conditions in the specified time frame. Accordingly to this, the assessment team recommends that the South-Brittany Purse seine Sardine Fishery be certified against the MSC Principles and Criteria for sustainable fisheries.
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Sophie Des Clers, Didier D. Gascuel, Xavière Lagadec, Marie Lesueur, Olivier Le Pape. Assessment against the principles and criteria of the MSC for sustainable fishing, Southern Brittany's purse seine Sardine fishery. 2010, non paginé. ⟨hal-00729446⟩



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