Responsible practices are a cornerstone of our business plan.
Every fish in the sea is important and Daybrook takes great care in making sure that the Company and its suppliers operate in ways that protect the Gulf menhaden fishery, its coastal waters and ecosystems. It is vital that we preserve this fishery for many more generations to come. We do this by partnering with local, state and federal agencies who help guide sustainable fishing practices and inform us about the health of the Gulf menhaden fishery.
What we’re doing
Daybrook Fisheries was one of the first U.S. fisheries companies to adopt a Responsible Fisheries Implementation Plan. Operating within a highly regulated fishery, Daybrook participates in all state and federal management programs and is a member of the menhaden advisory committee to the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission. Daybrook’s manufacturing facility is certified by Global Trust as an International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organization – Responsible Supplier (IFFO-RS). And Daybrook is proud to be an Ocean Trust partner.
Gulf Menhaden Management
In the 1970s, the five states bordering the Gulf of Mexico joined together with the fishing companies operating in the Gulf to develop a strategy for the protection of the Gulf menhaden fishery. This regional effort resulted in a managed fishery with uniform regulations and extensive monitoring of the resource, ensuring that Gulf menhaden continue to thrive in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The product of this effort, the Gulf Menhaden Management Plan, is revised approximately every five years.
The industry voluntarily collects detailed information on every “set” of the net, and that data is digitally stored in NOAA Fisheries’ database for archiving and analysis.
Independent Fishery data is also collected by state fisheries agencies and used cooperatively by the NOAA scientists. Approximately every five years, the leading federal and state fishery biologists perform a stock assessment using this massive database and state-of-the-art modeling. The resultant assessment is fully transparent and extensively peer reviewed.
The recent 2013 SEDAR32A stock assessment concluded that the Gulf menhaden stock is neither overfished nor is overfishing occurring.
The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission reports that the current stock is healthy and catches are below the long-term maximum sustainable yield (MSY) estimate in excess of 900 thousand metric tons. MSY is not the total biomass of the species, but represents the scientific estimate of the amount of total biomass that might be safely harvested without damage to the resource. Total annual catch is presently below 50% MSY. Comparisons of recent estimates of fishing mortality to biological reference points demonstrate that the Gulf menhaden stock is neither overfished nor will it become overfished with the current season as set in the management plan.
NOAA Fisheries’ research also confirms that in the past 25 years estimates of fishing mortality have generally decreased while estimates of reproductive success have generally increased (measured as spawning stock biomass or population fecundity). Estimates of terminal population fecundity are well above target, demonstrating that the stock is healthy and not over-fished. The annual catch is less than 15% of the unfished biomass, and the spawning potential ratio (SPR) is approximately 50%, which is nearly double the target SPR for many federally managed species.