Yale has released a new tool, called the Environmental Performance Index, meant to score and rank fisheries management of different countries around the world. It ranks Sri Lanka having the best managed fisheries in the world. Other notables include: The United States ranked 96th, Norway 72nd Australia 77th, Iceland 84th, China 89th, New Zealand 94th, and the UK 98th. You can explore the rankings and methodology here.
Comment by Ray Hilborn, University of Washington, @hilbornr
A new low in indices of fisheries performance
The Yale Environmental Performance Index for fisheries reaches a new low in absurd rankings of global fisheries. To argue that Sri Lanka has the highest Fisheries Performance in the world, and that Libya, Kenya, Ecuador, Cote de Ivoire, Yemen and Nigeria rank far far above the U.S., Iceland, Norway, New Zealand and Australia reveals a total lack of understanding about anything fisheries sustainability.
These “low ranked” countries all have strong fisheries management systems and fish resources that are sustainable as evaluated by NGOs like the Marine Stewardship Council and others. There is absolutely no scientific data about the abundance of fish resources in the countries that rank at the top of Yale’s list and all indicators suggest their fish resources are likely in decline.