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Seafood News - Environment & Sustainability

Geneseastilapia

A Brazilian tilapia farming company has earned a second star from the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices program.

GeneSeas Aquacultura, based in São Paulo, received the second star for its plant in Aparecida do Taboado. It has already received a BAP star for its plant in Promissão. Combined, the plans produce 28,000 metric tons of tilapia annually. The company usesa low-density suspended cage system in the Paraná River, and produces tilapia free of antibiotics, growth...

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Oncallbuoy

Two engineers with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have invented a lobster trap that could help prevent whale entanglements and potentially allow the reopening of restricted waters to lobster fishing.

The “on-call buoy,” which floats near the ocean floor until it is activated by a timer or acoustic signal, keeps the long vertical lines used in lobster fishing out of the way of migrating whales, according to an article in Oceanus magazine.

“Our system is to try to store the vertical...

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cod

The latest stage of the landing obligation, or “discard ban,” took effect on New Year’s Day, confirmed U.K. Fisheries Minister George Eustice, with the country’s fishermen now required to land cod and pollock.

U.K. government’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said the discard ban has gradually introduced to allow time to adapt and that two species – North Sea cod and northwestern waters pollock – had joined the list of fish that must be landed. Existing bans for...

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Frenchnavy

French and Australian authorities recently joined forces for a marine patrol on the lookout for illegal fishing in Australian waters.

From 21 November to 15 December 2016, two Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) fisheries officers joined the French Navy on a three-week fisheries patrol on board the B2M D’Entrecasteaux, a multi-purpose French naval vessel based in Noumea, New Caledonia, according to an AFMA press release.

“The main aim of the patrol was to investigate the recent...

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MSC

Approximately 83 percent of the total catch from the Northeast Pacific region between the United States and Canada has been certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the certification body said in a new report.

Each year, the Northeast Pacific fishing area (which includes waters near to Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea) reels in about 2.6 million metric tons of sustainable seafood, making it the area with the...

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