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Seafood News - Environment & Sustainability

Spiny lobster

The Bahamian spiny lobster fishery has committed itself to the pursuit of the Marine Stewardship Council’s global sustainability standard following years of guided, concerted improvement.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) alongside the Bahamas Marine Exporters Association, the Bahamas Department of Marine Resources and the Nature Conservancy began making improvements within the fishery back in 2009 via a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) which addressed “governance, fishing practices and...

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Managed

A survey of 28 countries, including the 20 countries that catch the most fish globally, found New Zealand, the United States, Iceland, Norway and Russia had the five best-managed fisheries.

The study was completed by Michael Melnychuck, a research scientist at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington, and three co-authors, and was published by Washington’s National Academy of Sciences.

The study found the three most important characteristics of a thriving...

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Australian rock lobster

Northern Beaches Council, New South Wales, has announced an Australian-first undertaking aimed at protecting and preserving the country’s seafood species, threatened marine ecosystems and embattled fishing industry.

Teaming up with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Manly-based restaurants Ruby Lane, 4 Pines and Manly Ocean Foods, Northern Beaches Council has begun a pilot certification and labeling project that allows restaurants and chefs to choose only sustainable fisheries, wholesale...

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Microbeads

Seafood New Zealand Chief Executive Tim Pankhurst said his organization, which represents the nationals eafood industry, stands behind a national ban on microbeads, the plastic pellets used as exfoliants in beauty products.

New Zealand Environment Minister Nick Smith made the announcement of the microbead ban this week. Both Smith and Pankhurst said cited the negative impact microbeads have on oceans and marine life in supporting the ban.

“These small plastic particles, which do not...

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Hamishwalker

Sea Pact, which seeks to advance environmentally sustainable fisheries and aquaculture practices, has elected Hamish Walker as the new chairman of its advisory council.

Walker, the director of purchasing at Seattle Fish Company, replaces former chairman Guy Dean, a former vice president and chief sustainability officer at Albion Farms and Fisheries.

“I am very excited to have Hamish elected to the role as new chair of the advisory council for a two-year term, and look forward to working...

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