To encourage MSC to explicitly reference ghost gear in its fisheries certification standards. Investors are asked to provide their support to this cause.
Achmea Investment Management
Australian Ethical Investment Ltd.
BNP Paribas Asset Management
Brunel Pension Partnership Ltd
Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church
Church Investors Group
Church of England Pensions Board
Domini Impact Investments
EdenTree Investment Management Ltd.
Epworth Investment Management Limited
Fairpointe Capital LLC
Karner Blue Capital
Rathbone Brothers Plc
United Reformed Church
WHEB Asset Management
Letter to MSC will be sent in November 2019.
Investors are invited to sign a letter to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), asking them to explicitly recognize abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear (ALDFG, or ‘ghost gear’) in its Sustainability Fisheries Standards.
Maintaining and enhancing the ecological health of fisheries is critical both to maintaining the health of fish stocks and to the companies that rely on fish and fish-related products (fishing companies, seafood processors). Conservation standards such as those from the Marine Stewardship Council play an important role in protecting and enhancing the world's major fisheries. Investors have a direct interest both because of their direct investments in these companies and in sectors that use fish-derived products, including retailers, restaurants and bars, and animal feed companies.