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Variety

Capelin

Mallotus villosus

Method

Wild

Seine Nets: Purse Seines

Location

Canada - Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

2.945 / 5

Market Names

Caplin, Masago

Summary

Abundance: There is uncertainty surrounding stock abundance, however the species is believed to have low inherent vulnerability to fishing pressure because they are short-lived, have a high fecundity, and mature quickly.

 

Bycatch: Harvest can capture numerous species of conservation concern including Atlantic cod, Atlantic salmon, herring, and marine mammals.

 

Management: Has a proven track record of following scientific advice. Portions of the fishery are governed by a regulatory framework and are subjected to monitoring using vessel monitoring systems (VMS), logbooks, and fisheries (conservation and protection) officers and bycatch data is only collected through the use of at-sea observers, however with low coverage (<5%).

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  • Seine Nets: Purse Seines
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Capelin

Mallotus villosus

Method

Wild

Seine Nets: Purse Seines

Location

Canada - Northwest Atlantic Ocean: Gulf of St. Lawrence

Overall Rating

2.924 / 5

Market Names

Caplin, Masago

Summary

Abundance: There is uncertainty surrounding stock abundance, however the species is believed to have low inherent vulnerability to fishing pressure because they are short-lived, have a high fecundity, and mature quickly.

 

Bycatch: Harvest can capture numerous species of conservation concern including Atlantic cod, Atlantic salmon, herring, and marine mammals.

 

Management: Has a proven track record of following scientific advice. Portions of the fishery are governed by a regulatory framework and are subjected to monitoring using vessel monitoring systems (VMS), logbooks, and fisheries (conservation and protection) officers and bycatch data is only collected through the use of at-sea observers, however with low coverage (<5%).

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  • Seine Nets: Purse Seines
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - ISF Icelandic Capelin

Variety

Capelin

Mallotus villosus

Method

Wild

Seine Nets: Purse Seines

Location

FAO Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
ISF Icelandic Capelin

Market Names

Caplin, Masago

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was benchmarked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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  • Seine Nets: Purse Seines
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - ISF Icelandic Capelin

Variety

Capelin

Mallotus villosus

Method

Wild

Trawls: Midwater / Pelagic

Location

FAO Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
ISF Icelandic Capelin

Market Names

Caplin, Masago

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was benchmarked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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  • Trawls: Midwater / Pelagic

Variety

Capelin

Mallotus villosus

Method

Wild

Seine nets

Location

Canada - Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

2.598 / 5

Market Names

Caplin, Masago

Summary

Abundance: There is uncertainty surrounding stock abundance, however the species is believed to have low inherent vulnerability to fishing pressure because they are short-lived, have a high fecundity, and mature quickly.

 

Bycatch: Harvest can capture numerous species of conservation concern including Atlantic cod, Atlantic salmon, herring, and marine mammals.

 

Management: Has a proven track record of following scientific advice. Portions of the fishery are governed by a regulatory framework and are subjected to monitoring using vessel monitoring systems (VMS), logbooks, and fisheries (conservation and protection) officers and bycatch data is only collected through the use of at-sea observers, however with low coverage (<5%).

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Variety

Capelin

Mallotus villosus

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

Canada - Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

2.379 / 5

Market Names

Caplin, Masago

Summary

Abundance: There is uncertainty surrounding stock abundance, however the species is believed to have low inherent vulnerability to fishing pressure because they are short-lived, have a high fecundity, and mature quickly.

 

Bycatch: There is no available bycatch information for this harvest method. Harvest can capture numerous species of conservation concern including Atlantic cod, Atlantic salmon, herring, and marine mammals.

 

Management: Has a proven track record of following scientific advice. Portions of the fishery are governed by a regulatory framework and are subjected to monitoring using vessel monitoring systems (VMS), logbooks, and fisheries (conservation and protection) officers. However, bycatch data is only collected for purse seine fleets through the use of at-sea observers with low coverage (<5%) with no bycatch data collected for other harvest methods.

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Variety

Capelin

Mallotus villosus

Method

Wild

Seine nets

Location

Canada - Northwest Atlantic Ocean: Gulf of St. Lawrence

Overall Rating

2.58 / 5

Market Names

Caplin, Masago

Summary

Abundance: There is uncertainty surrounding stock abundance, however the species is believed to have low inherent vulnerability to fishing pressure because they are short-lived, have a high fecundity, and mature quickly.

 

Bycatch: Harvest can capture numerous species of conservation concern including Atlantic cod, Atlantic salmon, herring, and marine mammals.

 

Management: Has a proven track record of following scientific advice. Portions of the fishery are governed by a regulatory framework and are subjected to monitoring using vessel monitoring systems (VMS), logbooks, and fisheries (conservation and protection) officers and bycatch data is only collected through the use of at-sea observers, however with low coverage (<5%).

Learn more about harvest methods

Variety

Capelin

Mallotus villosus

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

Canada - Northwest Atlantic Ocean: Gulf of St. Lawrence

Overall Rating

2.379 / 5

Market Names

Caplin, Masago

Summary

Abundance: There is uncertainty surrounding stock abundance, however the species is believed to have low inherent vulnerability to fishing pressure because they are short-lived, have a high fecundity, and mature quickly.

 

Bycatch: There is no available bycatch information for this harvest method. Harvest can capture numerous species of conservation concern including Atlantic cod, Atlantic salmon, herring, and marine mammals.

 

Management: Has a proven track record of following scientific advice. Portions of the fishery are governed by a regulatory framework and are subjected to monitoring using vessel monitoring systems (VMS), logbooks, and fisheries (conservation and protection) officers. However, bycatch data is only collected for purse seine fleets through the use of at-sea observers with low coverage (<5%) with no bycatch data collected for other harvest methods.

Learn more about harvest methods