2030: The sustainability of the marine products procured by the Nissui Group will have been confirmed
The world’s marine resources are being depleted and according to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the stock of only 7% of marine resources of the world was stable, while the stock of 60% had been fully exploited and the stock of 33% had been overexploited.
For the Nissui Group, which is engaged in businesses that utilize the bounty of the sea, it is essential that it understands the resource status of its procured fish in order to monitor medium- to long-term business risks and opportunities, and to this end it conducted a survey of resources at its Group companies (28 domestic and 16 overseas companies) based on the dealings and results of wild-caught fish for 2016.
Nissui analyzed the resource status of its procured natural marine resources using the following 4 steps based on fish species, catch regions, habitats, and sizes of catch (live weight equivalent).
According to the results of our survey, marine resources procured by the Nissui Group amounted to 1.6% of the global catch. Of those, 88% of fish species were categorized as being no cause for concern, while 37% were approved by marine eco-label certification. Fish species classified as being a cause for concern, which include endangered species, were judged acceptable to use only after confirmation of the presence or absence of resource recovery plans, net or seasonal restrictions, or fisheries management. We did not use such resources if they were clearly not managed or if their status continued to be unclear, nor if we had any doubts that they might be caught through illegal, unreported or unregulated (IUU) fishing or caught using forced labor. The Nissui Group will undertake surveys of actual conditions of procured marine products on a regular basis, aiming to have the items the Nissui Group procures confirmed as sustainable by the year 2030.
“Cod, Alaska pollock and hake,” which are processed into surimi (ground fish) and fried white fish, and “herring and sardines,” which are raw materials of EPA/DHA account for approximately 70% of the wild-caught fish handled by the Nissui Group.
Status of wild-caught fish resources procured by the Nissui Group (2016)
The total volume of wild-caught fish procured by the Nissui Group is approximately 1.5 million tons (live weight equivalent), which is equivalent to 1.6% of the total wild catch of the world.
Steps 1 through 3 of the above the survey flow revealed that 88% of the wild catch handled by the Nissui Group was “healthy,” of which 37% were marine eco-label certified.
Fish species classified as “not healthy,” as a result of Steps 1 through 3 include fish species categorized as “Critically Endangered (CR)” and “Endangered (EN)” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), WWF, and the Ministry of the Environment, Japan.
With regard to these fish species, Nissui will carefully observe the resources status of each species and take the following Policy.
(Weight : ton)
|Handling Area||Red List evaluation||Species
|Japan||CR||Southern Bluefin Tuna
|114||Not healthy||Exist Resource Recovery Plan|
|20||Not healthy||Exist Resource Control Plan|
|Denmark||CR||EEL (Anguilla anguilla)||0.4||Not healthy||ESF related procurement|
|9||Not healthy||To be reconsidered|
|115||Not healthy||US east coast fisheries regulation applied|
Policy in Japan
(i) Southern Bluefin Tuna
The Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) has set the total allowable catch (TAC) and allocations for member countries, based on scientific research. With regard to imports, Nissui complies with the instructions of the Fisheries Agency and will continue to handle Southern Bluefin Tuna.
(ii) Sea Cucumber
Sea cucumbers are under the resources management of each prefecture and given that management measures such as the setting of non-fishing days, restrictions on size, release of seeds and the building of fishing grounds are being taken, Nissui will continue to handle sea cucumbers at current levels. However, should concerns arise for the depletion of resources, Nissui will gradually reduce or suspend their handling.
Nissui will not handle critically endangered and endangered fish species. However, if requested by customers, Nissui will continue to handle those species by confirming their conservation and management status.
＊The next survey of the resource status of procured marine products is scheduled to take place during 2019.