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Chinesefarm

A wipe-out of fish stocks due to pig pollution has received significant attention from state media in China just as a new environmental pollution tax targeting pig farms has started to bite.

TV cameras were out in force recently near the city of Ankang, in the inland province of Shaanxi, to report on the successful prosecution of pig farming company Xing Tian Livestock for allowing slurry escape and damage local fish farms.

The fishermen had been compensated, according to head of the local...

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MSCcantuna

Woolworths is launching the first store-brand, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified canned tuna in South Africa.

The retailer has been working closely with the MSC and WWF-SASSI for four years to develop the line of pole-and-line caught tuna from community fishers in the Maldives. That fishery is supported by the International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF).

“Woolworths is taking its customers on an important stage of its ‘Fishing for the Future’ journey,” IPNLF Managing Director...

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MSC Supermarket League 2017

U.K. retailer Sainsbury’s has been named the “best sustainable seafood supermarket in the world” in a new league table published by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

The annual MSC Supermarket League rates U.K. supermarkets’ sustainability based on the number of MSC-labeled products that they sell. Sainsbury’s reached the top spot in the country and No. 1 worldwide with the most labeled products of any national supermarket with 225 out of a total wild catch range of 313.

In contrast...

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Morpolpoland

The world’s largest value-added salmon processing plant is now Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certified, according to the Global Aquaculture Alliance.

Morpol’s Spółka Akcyjna in Ustka, Poland, processes more than 90,600 metric tons of salmon raw material annually, and has the capacity to process additional salmon.

Located in Ustka on the coast of the Baltic Sea, the 95,000-square-meter facility employs about 3,700 people. Morpol is owned by Marine Harvest Group.

“The expansion of BAP...

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Dredges

A new report on the effects of aquaculture on protected species takes a close look at how increasingly widespread gear may interact with native marine life such as sea turtles, whales and sea birds that are protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The new study by NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) pointed to some concerns with aquaculture gear, but also concluded that “risk can be minimized through proper siting, consistent monitoring, and best management...

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