Industry Slams Red List Designation for Lobster and Snow Crab
When the U.S.-based Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program red listed Canadian lobster and crab as seafood to avoid due to entanglement risks with North American right whales (NARWs) in September, it didn’t take long for Atlantic Canadian industry stakeholders to react.
“We need to stand up and push back on what Seafood Watch represents: activism masquerading as science,” say the Lobster Council of Canada (LCC) and the Lobster Processors Association in an opinion piece.
Monterey Bay Discredits Itself With Red Listing of Lobster
One of the key points about Non-Governmental Organizations’ (NGOs) ratings of fisheries is their variability.
Different organizations have different levels of independent governance, transparency and public accountability.
The recent red (avoid) listing of American and Canadian lobster by Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch is an example of how rating organizations can reflect their own organizational biases.
Seafood Watch is not among the nine seafood rating organizations benchmar...