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.
Readiness and links to data
This indicator is not available for reporting in 2023. Data on sustainably harvested fish stocks are already published annually. However, research and development is being undertaken by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) to implement an indicator for E9. Specifically, this work is looking to combine improvements on the three constituent parts of this indicator: seafood statistics, a definition of healthy ecosystems and metrics of sustainability.