Carbon footprint analysis of goose barnacle (Pollicipes pollicipes) collection on the Galician coast (NW Spain)

Ian Vázquez-Rowe, M. Teresa Moreira, Gumersindo Feijoo

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Goose barnacles constitute an important market product in Spain, where they are considered a top seafood attraction in first-class restaurants. However, their environmental sustainability has not been explored beyond the implementation of co-management schemes to avoid overexploitation. Therefore, the main objective of this article is to understand the environmental implications of goose barnacles in terms of carbon footprint (CF), in the wake of recent studies which have highlighted the importance that fishing systems can have on climate change, as well as to facilitate accountability concerning CF reduction policies for stakeholders and consumers. Results for the six scenarios under analysis showed substantial changes depending on the harvesting area and especially on the means of transport chosen, since this intertidal species can be accessed by land or by sea. The average CF per kg of harvested barnacles ranged from 0.64kgCO2equiv. to over 11kgCO2equiv., showing substantially higher CF values whenever the resource was accessed by sea. The wide CF gap observed between harvesting carried out on foot or by sea suggests that different management schemes should be implemented for each of the two methods in terms of environmental monitoring, as well as different strategies concerning environmental transparency and reporting.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)191-200
Número de páginas10
PublicaciónFisheries Research
EstadoPublicada - jun. 2013
Publicado de forma externa


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