Understanding social sustainability of capture fisheries

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Understanding social sustainability of capture fisheries

Several issues, such as worker safety, local employment and fish welfare, are at stake in capture fisheries. Views on the importance of these issues, however, differ substantially between stakeholders. Consumers consider fish welfare the most important issue, whereas fishing companies consider worker safety the most important issue and do not recognize the importance of fish welfare (yet).

Promovendus dr. LJL (Linda) Veldhuizen MSc
Promotor prof.dr.ir. IJM (Imke) de Boer
Copromotor dr.ir. PBM (Paul) Berentsen
dr.ir. EAM (Eddy) Bokkers
Organisatie Wageningen University, Animal Production Systems
Datum

vr 20 januari 2017 13:30 tot 15:00

Locatie Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592
Consumer interest in social sustainability has increased, but knowledge on social sustainability of fish is lacking. Our aim, therefore, was to understand social sustainability of capture fisheries in the northeast Atlantic. We developed a framework to assess social sustainability by identifying issues and developing indicators to quantify these issues. Several issues, such as worker safety, local employment and fish welfare, are at stake in capture fisheries. Views on the importance of these issues, however, differ substantially between stakeholders. Consumers consider fish welfare the most important issue, whereas fishing companies consider worker safety the most important issue and do not recognize the importance of fish welfare (yet). Indicator quantification showed that there is likely more room for improvement regarding fish welfare than regarding worker safety. Fishing companies in the Northeast Atlantic can use their good performance on issues, such as worker safety, for product differentiation, but they should also pay attention to their performance on fish welfare, given consumer interest in this issue.