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Incorporating carbon footprints into seafood sustainability certification and eco-labels

Madin, Elizabeth M.P. and Macreadie, Peter I. 2015, Incorporating carbon footprints into seafood sustainability certification and eco-labels, Marine policy, vol. 57, pp. 178-181, doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2015.03.009.

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Title Incorporating carbon footprints into seafood sustainability certification and eco-labels
Author(s) Madin, Elizabeth M.P.
Macreadie, Peter I.ORCID iD for Macreadie, Peter I. orcid.org/0000-0001-7362-0882
Journal name Marine policy
Volume number 57
Start page 178
End page 181
Total pages 4
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-07
ISSN 0308-597X
1872-9460
Keyword(s) Seafood
Eco-label
Sustainability certification
Carbon footprint
Climate change
Life cycle analysis (LCA)
Summary The seafood industry has become increasingly interconnected at a global scale, with fish the most traded commodity worldwide. Travel to the farthest reaches of the oceans for capture is now common practice, and subsequent transport to market can require hundreds to thousands of miles of travel by sea and air. Refrigeration of seafood products is generally required at all stages of the journey from ocean to dinner plate, resulting in substantial energy expenditure. Energy input for aquaculture (including mariculture) products can also be high, namely due to the large amounts of feed required to support fish growth. As a result of these factors, the seafood industry has a substantial carbon footprint. Surprisingly, however, carbon footprints of seafood products are rarely integrated into assessments of their sustainability by eco-labels, sustainability certification, or consumer seafood sustainability guides. Suggestions are provided here for how carbon footprints could be incorporated within seafood sustainability schemes.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.marpol.2015.03.009
Field of Research 050205 Environmental Management
0502 Environmental Science And Management
1606 Political Science
1801 Law
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives licence
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