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The letter from Alaska Gov. Bill Walker to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) regarding an ongoing dispute over an MSC certificate in that state for salmon has not changed the MSC’s stance on the issue.

The MSC, in a statement responding to the letter, reiterated its stance as a mediator in the dispute between the Alaska Salmon Processors Association (ASPA) and eight companies – Trident Seafood, Peter Pan Seafoods, Icicle Seafoods, Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Kwik’pak Fisheries, North Pacific...

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Lobster Council of Canada

Almost all of Atlantic Canada’s lobster stock has been certified sustainable now that the Bay of Fundy, Scotian Shelf and Southern Golf of St. Lawrence lobster trap fishery has earned an approval nod from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

After independently assessing the fishery in question, SAI Global saw fit to bestow MSC’s blessing; lobsters sourced from the fishery are henceforth eligible to sport the blue MSC ecolabel, demonstrating that their point of origin is a well-managed and...

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Bill Walker

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has contacted the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) regarding the ongoing dispute between the Alaska Salmon Processors Association and a group of Alaska-based salmon processors applying to rejoin the MSC Alaska salmon certificate.

Walker suggested Alaska and the MSC “work together” to resolve the dispute, paving the way for Alaska salmon to be sold with the MSC eco-label.

The processors in question withdrew from the MSC in 2012, but are now asking back onto the...

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Sea lice

The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Center has begun a new research project to study and improve the use of farmed wrasse as “cleaner fish” to control sea lice in commercial salmon farms.

The GBP 4 million (USD million, EUR million) project will explore farming wrasse, a small fish that feeds on sea lice, as an alternative to using wild. The “lice” are actually crustacean parasites that feed off the salmon and have been known to kill crops. In addition, activist groups have accused salmon...

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Bluefin tuna

The European Union bluefin tuna season opened today for the first time under the new, increased quota system.

The season runs from 26 May to 24 June for purse seine fishing vessels seeking bluefin in the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic.

Last fall, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT), allowed a 20 percent annual quota increase for the next three years. The increase was the first since drastic quota cuts in 2006 when the bluefin recovery plan began...

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