Seafood News - Environment & Sustainability

Scottish fishermen

A group of Scottish fishermen led by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) are taking their disappointment with new Marine Protected Area (MPA) rules to the government.

The fishermen are meeting with Richard Lochhead, cabinet secretary for rural affairs, in Glasgow to “highlight their anger and dismay” over the new MPA measures.

At issue are new management measures, announced on 11 June, for 11 inshore MPAs and nine special areas of conservation. According to a statement from the SFF...

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Fishing boats

It’s not just natural predators and overfishing putting the global seafood supply at risk – according to a study conducted by UBC scientists on behalf of the Nereus Program in Japan, climate change and ocean acidification will also play a considerable, antagonistic part in seafood’s future.

Many fisheries will be in decline as a result of climate change, ocean acidification, overfishing and destruction of marine ecosystems, noted Nereus Program researchers. What’s more, as temperatures...

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Rock crab

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is developing a management plan for the Jonah crab fishery in the northeastern United States, responding to landings in New England states surging to 17 million pounds last year.

“We believe the increase in landings is due to an increase in demand,” Megan Ware, fishery management plan coordinator for the ASMFC, told SeafoodSource. Landings – primarily in Massachusetts and Rhode Island – have increased by nearly seven-fold from 2010 to 2014. The...

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In another step to protect seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) stocks in Europe, fishermen will only be allowed to catch fish of 42cm and above after the 28 EU member states agreed to a new proposal from the European Commission to increase the minimum landing size for northern seabass.

The new rule applies to both commercial and recreational fishermen. Previously, the minimum landing size for bass was 36cm.

The Commission had also proposed to increase the minimum size for the two southern stocks...

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Seafish

A first call has been placed for proposals for Seafish’s new funding initiative, which seeks to support innovation that delivers strategic value to the seafood industry at large.

Organizations based in the U.K. developing seafood supply-chain and quality orientated projects are encouraged to submit their proposals for consideration under the Strategic Investment Fund (SIF), a EUR 750,000 (USD 835,634) flexible investment opportunity.

Over the course of the next three years, Seafish will use...

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