Wild Capture Assessment Criteria

Our Wild Capture Assessment Criteria 2020 update is currently being finalised. The Consultation Draft can be found here.

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Wild Capture Assessment Criteria

Wild capture fisheries are assessed against four overarching criteria that define how much impact a fishery has on the target species and wider marine environment:

1. Stock status of the target species

2. Bycatch, byproduct and discard concerns (see definitions)

3. Habitat and ecosystem impacts

4. Management and effectiveness of management measures

Within each of these categories, a number of sub-criteria are used to refine the analysis of fishery impacts. A sustainability rating (green, amber or red) is assigned for each of these sub-criteria and the final rank is a result of either the cumulative impacts of the whole fishery in which the species is caught, or is determined due to a specific significant issue.

For example, if fishery reports show that the population of a threatened or protected species is in further decline as a result of fishing activity, the fishery is ranked as ‘Say No’. Similarly, if a species is defined as ‘overfished’ AMCS recommends that the species is not a sustainable choice.

Development
AMCS has taken a global review of seafood guide assessment methodologies and criteria, including those from the UK, America, Canada and New Zealand. This review process was used to inform, review and update the methodology we use to assess the sustainability of Australian and imported farmed and wild caught seafood.

The Assessment Process
Assessments have been conducted on the major species of seafood caught and farmed in Australia, as well as the main seafood imported into Australia. The individual fishery or farming method is assessed against the AMCS criteria, which results in an overall rating of the following:

AMCS GoodFish Wild Capture Assessment Criteria

Our Wild Capture Assessment Criteria 2020 update is currently being finalised. The Wild Capture Consultation Draft can be found here.

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