Seafood News - Environment & Sustainability

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Another collection of consumers is suing a food company over human trafficking allegations, this time accusing a major American pet food company of using seafood produced by slave labor.

California residents Melanie Barber, Robert and Esther Malone and R. Grace Rodriguez all filed a lawsuit last week in U.S. federal court as a class-action suit “on behalf of themselves and all other similarly situated” against. Nestle USA and Nestle Purina Petcare Co.

The suit indicates Nestle partners with...

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The European Commission has approved investment packages for the maritime, fisheries and aquaculture sectors of Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Sweden and Lithuania, raising the number of adopted Operational Programs (OPs) to 14.

Within this latest round, Denmark will invest EUR 267.6 million (USD 307.7 million), including EUR 208.4 million (USD 239.7 million) of EU funds; Estonia will invest EUR 129.6 million (USD 149.1 million), including EUR 101 million (USD 116.2 million) of EU funds; Germany...

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The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has asked the independent assessor of a tuna fishery in the Indian Ocean seeking sustainability certification to review its assessment, in light of objections from NGOs.

Eldon Greenberg, the independent adjudicator deciding whether the MSC should grant certification to the Echebastar tuna fishery, has asked Acoura, the assessment body, to revisit its recommendations that the fishery be certified.

“The Acoura team responsible for assessing the fishery to...

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A U.S. resident is suing both a major wholesaler in the United States and one of Thailand’s largest seafood producers over shrimp she claims is connected to human slavery.

Monica Sud, described in legal documents as a resident of California, has filed suit in a U.S. District Court against Costco Wholesale Corporation and Thailand’s CP Foods. In it, Sud accuses CP Foods of knowingly using slave labor to produce shrimp, and Costco of knowingly selling products produced by forced labor.

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Oysters

Fewer wild oysters are being featured on Florida menus, due in part to drought in the state’s estuaries, which has spurred a rise in salt water levels. Moreover, a population outbreak of carnivorous conchs has overtaken the oyster reefs in the Matanzas River Estuary (MRE), according to new research from Northwestern University.

The high water salinity and influx in new neighbors have made it tough for oysters to thrive. But it’s not just the bivalves having trouble.

"Coastal ecosystems around...

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