Whitefish Sector Group

 

The Whitefish Sector Group focuses on monitoring sustainability status and issues of major whitefish fisheries around the world and pushing for improvements where they are needed (see the table below for specific fisheries covered under the group)
 
The whitefish sector has made vast improvements in sustainability over the last ten years. However, many fisheries around the world still face challenges. The Whitefish Sector Group focuses on monitoring sustainability status and issues of major whitefish fisheries around the world and pushing for improvements where they are needed. SFP’s approach with this project is to convene major suppliers and buyers to engage them across a group of whitefish fisheries of interest to them.
Participants in the Whitefish Sector Group are principally CEOs and sustainability leaders of major supplier companies. SFP provides the following services to participants:
 
  • An annual overview of the sustainability of whitefish fisheries throughout world;
 
     
  • Briefings on emerging sustainability issues in the sector that may impact on supply, certification, corporate reputation, and other areas important to the seafood industry;
 
     
  • An opportunity to discuss matters of common interest such as creating demand for new FIPs where needed, exploring models for financing FIPs, and developing procurement specifications promoting sustainability.
 
The Whitefish Sector Group is usually held concurrently with the Groundfish Forum, and participation is by invitation only. Companies interested in becoming participants should email SFP.
 
Fisheries Covered
 
Whitefish Sector Group Fisheries List 
(updated November 2013)
 
This table contains the list of fisheries (which can change over time) that the group monitors and evaluates. The table also includes for each fishery links to the most recent improvement actions recommended and FIP progress information where FIPs exist.  
 
Fishery name
Evaluation Category1
Improvement Recommendations
Supplier Roundtable
Improvement Status
FIP Progress Rating
Alaska pollock - E Bering Sea
A
 
 
 
Atlantic cod - Barents Sea
A
 
 
 
Atlantic cod - Icelandic
A
 
 
 
Haddock - North Sea
A
North Sea Whitefish
 
Hoki - New Zealand Eastern
A
 
 
 
Hoki - New Zealand Western
A
 
 
 
New Zealand Southern blue whiting - Campbell Island Rise
A
 
 
 
Saithe - Icelandic
A
 
 
 
Shallow-water Cape hake - South African stock
A
 
 
 
Alaska pollock - Aleutian Islands
B
 
 
 
Alaska pollock - Gulf of Alaska
B
 
 
 
 
Alaska pollock - Japanese Pacific
B
 
 
 
Alaska pollock - Navarinsky
B
Russian Far East Whitefish
 
Alaska pollock - Sea of Okhotsk
B
Russian Far East Whitefish
 
 
Atlantic cod - Baltic Sea western
B
 
 
 
 
Atlantic cod - Baltic sea eastern
B
 
 
 
 
Atlantic cod - North Sea
B
North Sea Whitefish
 
Deep-water Cape hake - South African stock
B
 
 
 
Haddock - Georges Bank
B
 
 
 
Haddock - Icelandic
B
 
 
 
 
Haddock - S Scotian Shelf and Bay of Fundy
B
 
 
 
New Zealand Southern blue whiting - Bounty platform
B
 
 
 
North Pacific hake - west coast USA and Canada
B
 
 
 
Saithe - Barents Sea
B
 
 
 
Saithe - North Sea
B
North Sea Whitefish
 
Alaska pollock - W Bering Sea
C
Russian Far East Whitefish
 
 
Argentine hake - North of 41ºS
C
South America Whitefish
 
 
Argentine hake - South of 41ºS
C
South America Whitefish
 
Atlantic Cod - Eastern Scotian Shelf
C
 
 
Atlantic cod - Georges Bank
C
 
 
Atlantic cod - Gulf of Maine
C
 
 
Atlantic cod - Newfoundland
C
 
 
Atlantic cod - N Gulf of St. Lawrence
C
 
 
Atlantic cod - N Labrador
C
 
 
Atlantic cod - Norwegian coastal
C
 
 
 
 
Atlantic cod - S Grand Bank
C
 
 
Atlantic cod - S Gulf of St. Lawrence
C
 
 
Atlantic cod - S Scotian Shelf and Bay of Fundy
C
 
 
Atlantic cod - St. Pierre Bank
C
 
 
Atlantic cod - W of Scotland
C
 
 
 
 
Cape hakes (multispecies) - Namibian
C
 
 
 
 
Haddock - Barents Sea
C
 
 
 
Haddock - Faroese
C
 
 
 
 
Haddock - Gulf of Maine
C
 
 
 
 
Hoki - Argentine
C
South America Whitefish
 
 
Hoki - Chilean
C
South America Whitefish
 
 
Peruvian hake
C
South America Whitefish
 
 
Saithe - Faroese
C
 
 
 
South Pacific hake - Chilean
C
South America Whitefish
 
Southern blue whiting - Chilean
C
South America Whitefish
 
Southern hake - Pacific Patagonian
C
South America Whitefish
 
Please refer to the 2013 Global Sustainability of Whitefish Report for an explanation of the Evaluation Categories.