Seafood News - Environment & Sustainability


A Spanish octopus fishery has earned certification under to the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Fisheries Standard, a world first for a fishery of its kind.

Comprised of four artisanal fishing guilds from western Asturias – Nuestra Señora de la Atalaya de Puerto de Vega, Nuestra Señora de la Caridad de Ortiguera, Santo Ángel de la Guarda de Viavélez and San Pedro de Tapia de Casariego – octopuses sourced from the fishery can now bear the blue MSC ecolabel.

“We are very pleased to be the...

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Tuna fish

An organization representing 40 Spanish purse seine tuna trawlers has committed to improving its fishing operations with the goal of reaching Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) accreditation within five years.

The Organization of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC) is working with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to launch a Fishery Improvement Project to establish better fishing management and practices for its global tuna fleet. According to the World Wildlife Fund, Regional...

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With the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) approaching its 40 year anniversary as the primary marine fisheries management law guiding U.S. conduct in federal waters, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Fisheries) has uncovered further evidence of the legislation’s powerful impact.

A recent peer-reviewed self-assessment conducted on behalf of NOAA Fisheries indicates that the standards governing the United States’ fishery management system under MSA exceed the criteria...

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Seafood Watch

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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