Pick from paper: Sustainability – Catfish, scad stocks faring well in UAE

July 31, 2012 by  
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Species given green designation and are within sustainable levels for human consumption, say eco groups
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Dubai: Two species of fish commercially harvested from Gulf waters can be eaten responsibly by foodies without placing additional human pressure on dwindling fish stocks in UAE waters, said environmental watchdog groups on Monday.

Populations of the Giant Sea Catfish as well as the Yellow Tail Scad have been deemed as being “fished within sustainable levels and their stock is currently not experiencing heavy fishing pressure,” said the Emirates Wildlife Society and World Wildlife Fund (EWS-WWF).

The advisory comes as part of the groups’ Sustainable Fisheries Project to help protect fish stocks from overfishing through initiatives such as the Choose Wisely campaign which offers a pocket guide recommending sustainable fish species for consumption at the dinner table.

“Fish stock assessment studies carried out by the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) show a severe decline in important UAE commercial fish stocks in the past 30 years, with some species currently fished at more than seven times the sustainable level,” said EWS-WFF in a statement. “Too many fish are being removed too early in their life cycle, reducing their potential to produce the next generation and consequently future stocks.”

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