Seafood News - Environment & Sustainability

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Seafood technologists take heed: The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has launched its very first Prize Challenge Competition, and is seeking innovative fish tracking technologies for which it has allotted USD 20,000 in prize money.

Established with the help of the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the competition aims to reduce costs and ultimately enhance fish tracking methods.

The current widely-used...

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Thai fishing boats

The Thai government has issued a statement on the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, released Monday, saying it is not a fair representation of the country’s efforts to fight forced labor.

The report gave Thailand the designation of Tier 3, the worst ranking possible, for the second year in a row, accusing the government of not taking enough action to prevent human slavery in multiple industries, including the seafood industry there.

“Thailand takes note of such an...

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Thai fishing boats

After the U.S. Secretary of State released its 2015 Trafficking in Persons report yesterday, giving Thailand more bad marks for its lack of control of forced labor, NGOs and the industry all agreed that while the Thai government has shown an effort to address the problem, the report made the right call.

“Absolutely,” said Katrina Nakamura, chief technical officer at Resiliency Group, a sustainability advisory and consulting firm for the seafood industry, when asked if the department’s report...

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AP slave labor

The U.S. State Department is keeping Thailand at Tier 3 in its latest Trafficking in Persons Report, accusing the country of not doing enough to stem forced labor and other human rights abuses.

“The Government of Thailand does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, and is not making significant efforts to do so. Thailand investigated and prosecuted some cases against corrupt officials involved in trafficking but trafficking-related corruption continued...

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The Antarctic krill fishery is the only fishery used for the production of fishmeal and fish oil that is in very good condition, according to the latest annual sustainability overview of reduction fisheries published by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP). The Category A fishery accounts for just 2 percent of the 9 million metric tons (MT) produced by reduction fisheries.

The report, “Reduction Fisheries: SFP Fisheries Sustainability Overview 2015,” covers 24 of the most significant...

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