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The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program has given Maine farmed salmon a “good alternative” rating, the first such rating for any North American farmed salmon.

Seafood Watch investigated the feed type, stock origin, aquaculture practices and state and federal regulations to determine one of three ratings for each of the world’s fisheries – “best choice,” “good alternative” or “avoid.”

Much of Maine’s farmed salmon is produced at facilities owned or operated by Canadian-based Cooke...

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Mediterranean fishing

European Union Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella addressed shrinking fish stocks in the Mediterranean on 9 February, the same day conservation group Oceana called for emergency closures of Mediterranean fisheries it says are overexploited.

Speaking in Catania, Italy at the High-Level Seminar on the Status of the Stocks in the Mediterranean and on the CFP Approach, Vella noted the “dramatic decline of Mediterranean stocks,” with the overexploitation rate...

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Fisheries, aquaculture and maritime projects in the United Kingdom are a step closer to receiving support from the EU's European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), following the country’s official launch of the fund.

Announced toward the end of 2015, the United Kingdom is set to receive EUR 310 million (USD 349.1 million) under the EMFF for the period 2014-2020, of which EUR 243 million (USD 273.3 million) will be EU funds.

The U.K. launch event was organized by the Marine Management...

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Tuna

The Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) blue ecolabel is now eligible to grace the packaging of yellowfin tuna caught by the PNA Western and Central Pacific free school purse seine fishery.

The certification is notably novel – the Parties of the Nauru Agreement (PNA) is the first major free school purse seine yellowfin tuna fishery to achieve MSC certification. The fishery is responsible for 140,000 metric tons of yellowfin tuna catch annually, accounting for half of the yellowfin ascertained...

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SFP

In the name of dedication to environmentally and socially responsible sourced seafood, North Star Seafood and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) have laid out a new partnership plan that will focus on seafood sustainability for North Star’s retail customers, cruise lines and chef-driven restaurants.

Comprehensive assessments will be conducted on the sustainability of all seafood sources, and improvements projects will be created as a means to enhance environmental performance...

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