Seafood News - Environment & Sustainability

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The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has announced its Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification program has certified more than 800 facilities, which the GAA is calling a “milestone.”

The program certifies processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills as sustainable, based on a rigid set of qualifications. According to GAA, the program had certified 648 facilities as of 31 December 2013, and 701 facilities by 31 December 2014.

GAA also reports a growing number of companies with...

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A petition signed by 108,842 people was presented in the British Columbia, Canada, legislature on Wednesday calling on the government to prevent salmon farms from expanding their marine farming operations.

More than 100 conservation organizations, First Nation representatives and businesses endorsed the petition, including the David Suzuki Foundation. Collectively they want the government to curb the salmon farming industry’s growth by withholding approvals for new farm sites and also prevent...

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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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