Much of the whitefish sector has made vast improvements in sustainability over the last decade. However, nearly all cod fisheries in the northwest Atlantic Ocean (Canada and US waters) still face serious challenges. The Northwest Atlantic Cod Supply Chain Roundtable focuses on monitoring the sustainability status of US and Canadian cod stocks supplying US, Canadian, and European retailers, discussing conditions for the reopening of closed fisheries and resumption of sourcing, and pushing for improvements where they are needed.  

Much of the whitefish sector has made vast improvements in sustainability over the last decade and nearly 60 percent of global supply in wild caught whitefish is categorized as sustainable or improving. However, nearly all cod fisheries in the northwest Atlantic Ocean (Canada and US waters) still face serious challenges.

Fisheries and Fishery Improvement Projects Covered: 

At present, the roundtable focuses on a number of fisheries for NW Atlantic Cod in fishing zones off the coasts of Eastern Canada and Northeastern United States. 

The following FIPs are supported and monitored:

Find the full list of fisheries in need of improvements overseen by the Roundtable here.

Current Supply Chain Roundtable Participants include: 

AC Covert
Albion
High Liner
Icewater Seafoods
Ocean Choices International

Improvement Needs: 

  • Climate change is thought to be an exacerbating factor in the recovery of some of these fisheries.  Regulators and the scientific community should conduct reviews of biological reference points (BRPs) across all the fisheries to better reflect regime shifts. 

 Current Objectives: 

  • Oversee all potential FIPs in scope of the roundtable.
  • Unify efforts on FIP activities that can be supported by suppliers throughout the region.

Action recommendation for suppliers

  • Suppliers should support the New England Fishery Management Council’s shift to an ecosystem-based fishery management (EBFM) plan.

A summary of past progress can be found here.

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