E9: Percentage of our seafood coming from healthy ecosystems, produced sustainably

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Short description

This is a composite indicator that tracks the sustainability of seafood, fish and aquaculture products. It will combine metrics on production (covering harvesting and subsequent preparation), management and impact on the environment. The indicator will use the data collected for the management of fish stocks to assess whether harvesting rates remain within sustainable limits. It will use equivalent data for aquaculture production. These data on harvesting and production will then be integrated with data on the impact of these activities on the wider environment together with social and economic data to provide an assessment of the sustainability of our seafood. The data for the proportion of marine fish quota stocks of UK interest exploited above or below maximum sustainable yield that were presented in this indicator in 2019 are now presented as part of indicator C10 Productive seas: fish and shellfish stocks safe and environmentally sustainable. This revision took place because the data are specific to fish and shellfish rather than reflecting the health of the marine ecosystem as a whole.

This indicator is not available for reporting in 2021. Data on sustainably harvested fish stocks are already published annually, however further work is required to include a wider range of fish stocks and assess their maximum sustainable yield.

This table provides metadata for the interim or final indicator presented above.

Indicator name

Percentage of our seafood coming from healthy ecosystems, produced sustainably

Indicator reference


Outcome Indicator Framework theme

Natural Resources

Headline indicator status

Not applicable

Relevant goal(s) in the 25 Year Environment Plan
  • Thriving plants and wildlife
  • Using resources from nature more sustainably and efficiently
Relevant target(s) in the 25 Year Environment Plan
  • Ensuring that all fish stocks are recovered to and maintained at levels that can produce their maximum sustainable yield
Position in the natural capital framework
  • Service or benefit associated with natural capital asset
Related reporting commitments
  • Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR)
  • International Council for Exploration of the Seas (ICES)
  • Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Target 4 and 6
  • Relevant to Sustainable Development Goals 12 and 14
Geographic scope


Status of indicator development

In development

Date last updated

11 June 2021