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Ocean Wise Recommended

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Variety

Surf smelt

Hypomesus pretiosus

Method

Wild

Beach seine

Location

Puget Sound

Overall Rating

3.1 / 5

Summary

Landings of surf smelt in the Puget Sound averaged 40 t annually from 2000-2014. However, in 2014 quotas of 27 t/year were installed. Annual catch value up until 2014 was approximately $47,000, with all product remaining in the country.

Surf smelts caught by beach seine in Washington’s Puget Sound are Recommended due to minimal impacts on other species and the habitat, and moderate management effectiveness. The species is highly vulnerable to overfishing and current stock status is unknown, however in the absence of formal stock assessments, there are several policies controlling fishing intensity. Adaptive and precautionary quotas for commercial fishing are employed, along with limited fishing times days and times, although recreational fishing requires more oversight.  There are no bycatch or habitat impacts, however surf smelt’s important ecological role as a food source means that stronger policies are needed to protect it.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Faroe Islands silver smelt

Variety

Great silver smelt

Argentina silus

Method

Wild

Trawl

Location

Faroe Bank & Faroe Plateau

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Faroe Islands silver smelt

Summary

Ocean Wise recommends some Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries, but not all. Learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise.

 

 

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Variety

Surf smelt

Hypomesus pretiosus

Method

Wild

Cast net

Location

Overall Rating

2.8 / 5

Summary

Landings of surf smelt in the Puget Sound averaged 40 t annually from 2000-2014. However, in 2014 quotas of 27 t/year were installed. Annual catch value up until 2014 was approximately $47,000, with all product remaining in the country.

Surf smelts caught by beach seine in Washington’s Puget Sound are Recommended due to minimal impacts on other species and the habitat, and moderate management effectiveness. The species is highly vulnerable to overfishing and current stock status is unknown, however in the absence of formal stock assessments, there are several policies controlling fishing intensity. Adaptive and precautionary quotas for commercial fishing are employed, along with limited fishing times days and times, although recreational fishing requires more oversight.  There are no bycatch or habitat impacts, however surf smelt’s important ecological role as a food source means that stronger policies are needed to protect it.

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