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Australian rock lobster

Northern Beaches Council, New South Wales, has announced an Australian-first undertaking aimed at protecting and preserving the country’s seafood species, threatened marine ecosystems and embattled fishing industry.

Teaming up with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Manly-based restaurants Ruby Lane, 4 Pines and Manly Ocean Foods, Northern Beaches Council has begun a pilot certification and labeling project that allows restaurants and chefs to choose only sustainable fisheries, wholesale...

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Microbeads

Seafood New Zealand Chief Executive Tim Pankhurst said his organization, which represents the nationals eafood industry, stands behind a national ban on microbeads, the plastic pellets used as exfoliants in beauty products.

New Zealand Environment Minister Nick Smith made the announcement of the microbead ban this week. Both Smith and Pankhurst said cited the negative impact microbeads have on oceans and marine life in supporting the ban.

“These small plastic particles, which do not...

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Hamishwalker

Sea Pact, which seeks to advance environmentally sustainable fisheries and aquaculture practices, has elected Hamish Walker as the new chairman of its advisory council.

Walker, the director of purchasing at Seattle Fish Company, replaces former chairman Guy Dean, a former vice president and chief sustainability officer at Albion Farms and Fisheries.

“I am very excited to have Hamish elected to the role as new chair of the advisory council for a two-year term, and look forward to working...

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Friend of the Sea logo

PT Karyacipta Buanasentosa (PT KCBS), the Indonesian tuna catch and processing company that is wholly-owned by Yamako Pacific Pte Ltd., has obtained Friend of the Sea certification for its skipjack and yellowfin tuna.

All of the company’s tuna species are fished by pole-and-line by Friend of the Sea-approved vessels in the Western Central part of the Pacific Ocean.

“Achieving the Friend of the Sea certification is an important step forward for PT KCBS and it reinforces our sustainability...

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Alaskafishin

Consumers and buyers worried about traces of radiation from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan may find reassurance from recent test results showing no impact on seafood from Alaska.

Testing by the state’s government in 2016 confirmed the Fukushima disaster is not affecting Alaskan seafood, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

“DEC, in cooperation with its partners, currently deems fish and shellfish from Alaska waters unaffected by the nuclear reactor...

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