Sustainable fisheries

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TREND ASSESSMENT: Sustainable fisheries - Belgium

percentage of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels

 20002005200720102015202020252030
observations----16.750.054.5------
trend and extrapolation----21.430.250.674.994.9100.0
objective 2030100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0

Calculations FPB based on ICES (2016), ICES advice 2008-2016, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, http://www.ices.dk/ (consulted on 06/11/2017).

Sustainable fisheries - Belgium

percentage of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels

 2007200820092010201120122013201420152015//20072015//2010
Belgium16.725.028.650.037.522.240.045.554.516.01.8
//: average growth rates

Calculations FPB based on ICES (2016), ICES advice 2008-2016, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, http://www.ices.dk/ (consulted on 06/11/2017).

This text is based on the Statistical Annex of the Voluntary National Review of Belgium (VNR) presented to the July 2017 United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

VNR Indicator: Sustainable fisheries, percentage of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels

Definition: this indicator is based on the concept of 'maximum sustainable yield', which defines sustainable threshold values for fish stocks and catches. When fish stocks and annual catches are within these values, a sustainable exploitation of the fish stock is guaranteed. This indicator gives the share of commercial fish species in the North Sea and boundary waters that respect these criteria.

Objective: to be consistent with Target 14.4, this indicator should reach 100%.

UN Target 14.4: By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics

UNSTAT Indicator 14.4.1: Proportion of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels