Who should certify the sustainability of our fisheries? A property rights perspective on ecolabelling

Ramachandran, C and Shinoj, P (2020) Who should certify the sustainability of our fisheries? A property rights perspective on ecolabelling. Current Science, 118 (10). pp. 1496-1499.

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    Abstract

    Ecolabelling as a tool to ensure sustainability in the seafood value chain is gaining popularity in recent times. As a market-led intervention, ecolabel-enabled fishery certification rides on the willingness of the ecologically concerned seafood consumer to pay a premium price for the fish harvested from a sustainable fishery on the one hand, and the sensitivity of the multinational food chain fraternity to the reputational risks associated with the food they deal with, on the other. The market opportunity arising from this scenario is effectively harnessed by third-party certification agencies that assess the sustainability of a fishery and certifies it for a fee. However, analysing the existing scenario through the lens of the political economy behind property rights, this article argues that the entry of non-state entities in the ecolabelling business is not without problems which the state should be concerned about.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: certification; sustainability; Indian fisheries; property rights; ecolabelling
    Subjects: Fish and Fisheries > Fisheries management
    Fish and Fisheries
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 23 May 2020 07:20
    Last Modified: 23 May 2020 07:20
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/14271

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