- No fishery featured in the survey scores more than 8 across all FishSource criteria (category A – the top category).
- 65.1% of the catch comes from fisheries that score above 6 in all criteria AND the score for biomass is 8 or above meaning biomass is above target levels (category B1). These stocks are in very good shape although may merit some improvements in management regime.
- 8.3% of the catch comes from fisheries that score 6 or above across all criteria but do not score above 8 for biomass (category B2). These fisheries are in good shape but would benefit from improvements in management regime.
- 26.7% of the catch comes from fisheries that score below 6 on at least one of the criteria. These fisheries have not been effectively managed and significant improvements are required.
- Cumulatively, 73.3% of the catch from these fisheries score 6 or above on all five criteria – this is broadly in line with the requirements of existing and proposed aquaculture feed sustainability standards.
- No reduction fishery is currently managed within an ecosystem-based fisheries management regime. This situation needs to improve significantly. Fisheries that have established a successful single species stock management regime should now be looking to evolve an ecosystem-based approach to ensure sustainability in the future.
- Changes in fishery scores from 2009 to 2010 indicate a small decline in the overall scores. There were reductions in the volumes of catch in category A and an associated rise in volume of catch in category B2 and practically no change to categories B1 and C. It cannot be concluded from the data that the sustainability status of reduction fisheries is in decline, but it is unlikely to have improved.
Changes for specific fisheries from 2009 to 2010 can be summarized as:
Change in category
Gulf menhaden – Gulf of Mexico
B2 to B1
Atlantic herring – North Sea
A to B1
Blue whiting – northeast Atlantic
C to B1
Capelin - Icelandic
C to B2
Lesser sandeel – southeast North Sea
B1 to C
Atlantic horse mackerel – northeast Atlantic western stock
B1 to C
European pilchard – Iberian
B2 to C