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Greenpeace

Activists protesting on behalf of Greenpeace New Zealand halted operations at Whiskas’ Australasian after discovering that the cat food producer sources its tuna from Thai Union Group – a supplier that has been connected with human labor violations and destructive fishing practices.

On 16 May, six Greenpeace activists chained themselves to one of the NGO’s trucks branded with Thai Union’s logo, effectively blocking the entrance to a Whiskas’ facility in Whanganui, New Zealand. Additional...

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The Port State Measures Agreement will go into effect on 5 June after it surpassed its minimum required number of signees, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization.

The signatures and ratification of the treaty’s rules were required by at least 25 countries in order for the law to take effect, and in the past month, Dominica, Guinea-Bissau, Sudan, Thailand, Tonga and Vanuatu all signed onto the agreement, pushing the total number of countries that have ratified the...

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Sustainable seafood now accounts for USD 11.5 billion (EUR 10.1 billion) in sales, according to a new study, and while sustainability in seafood is up around the world, the study called out Asia for lagging behind many other countries in sustainability certification.

Sustainable seafood now accounts for 14 per cent of global production, a dramatic rise from just 0.5 per cent in 2005, according to “The State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) Review: Standards and the Blue Economy,” which was...

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University of Washington professor and global fisheries expert Ray Hilborn, who has been outspoken in countering the widely-held belief that the world’s fish stocks are declining, has been accused by Greenpeace of a lack of transparency in disclosing his funding sources.

Greenpeace’s attack on Hilborn’s credibility comes after the organization received the details of the professor’s funding sources through a Freedom of Information Act request. In a letter of complaint sent to University...

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The Scottish mackerel fishery, one of the Northeast Atlantic’s largest in volume, obtained Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification on Wednesday, 11 May.

The certification was awarded to a multinational fishing cooperative known as the Mackerel Industry Northern Sustainability Alliance (MINSA), which was founded in response to a quota allocation dispute in the Northeast Atlantic. That dispute resulted in the revocation of the MSC certification in 2012. MINSA reapplied for MSC...

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