Seafood News - Environment & Sustainability

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Asian coldwater commercial shrimp fisheries have greatly reduced bycatch, but overall shrimp trawling accounts for more bycatch volume than any other fishery type in Asian waters, according to a new report.

The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) found that, among the coldwater shrimp fisheries sampled, bycatch is generally 10 percent or less of the harvest and annual bycatch volumes do not exceed 2,500 metric tons (MT). However, harvests of the warmwater shrimp fisheries surveyed...

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Bluefin Tuna

A meeting among the varied international bodies that comprise the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission did not yield a consensus regarding measures to protect the struggling Pacific bluefin tuna fishery on 3 September.

The 10-nation commission was unable to agree upon either a short-term or long-term plan to reinvigorate the bluefin tuna population in the Pacific, which has shrunk by an estimated 96 percent when compared to unfished stock levels for the species. The commission...

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Barents Sea cod

U.K. fisheries survey logbooks from the 1930s to the 1950s have been digitized for the first time, revealing how cod stocks have responded to changing temperatures in the last century.

Scientists at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and the University of Exeter found that, at the time, the warm seas experienced around Norway benefitted the cod, similar to the conditions there today.

Most of the cod consumed in the United Kingdom comes from northern seas...

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Seven of the 10 main commercial stocks in the Baltic Sea will be fished within the maximum sustainable yield (MSY) from 1 January 2016 if the European Commission’s latest annual proposal on fishing opportunities is adopted next month at a meeting of the Fisheries Council in Luxembourg.

If the proposal is approved, the Baltic would have more stocks fished at a sustainable level than ever before.

The Commission has proposed the total allowable catch (TAC) for all stocks, except salmon, would be...

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Bluefin Tuna

It’s time for members of the Northern Committee (NC) of the Western and Central Pacific Fishery Commission (WCPFC) to buckle down and commit to a rigorous recovery plan for collapsed Pacific Bluefin tuna stocks, urged the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Catch limits for tuna weighing in at less than 30 kg should also be considered, according to the WWF.

"We are deeply concerned about the fact that Pacific Bluefin tuna breeding stock have declined from their unfished levels by more than 96...

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