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Seafood News - Environment & Sustainability

Hanhan

Han Han is founder and CEO of China Blue, China’s first domestic NGO devoted to assisting the domestic aquaculture sector to move from production based on quantity to a new focus on quality and sustainability. 

SeafoodSource: Are you happy with the progress so far of your organization?

Han: Yes, I am happy with the progress, but also feel a lot of pressure as moving forward. That’s normal, I guess, for any start-up.

SeafoodSource: What kind of pressure are you feeling?

Han: The...

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RIfisherman

Warming waters due to climate change are causing many marine species to abandon their traditional habitats and decamp to more amenable surroundings.

In the United States, populations of species such as black sea bass and American lobster have moved hundreds of miles north along the coastline. But regulatory bodies governing commercial fishing, including the federal government and regional fisheries councils, have been slow to react to the rapid ecological changes taking place due to climate...

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Air China

Air China has become mainland China’s first airline to ban shark fin cargo, joining a list of more than 30 carriers around the world to have implemented transport embargoes on the controversial product.

In a statement the airline said, “Air China Cargo has a longstanding commitment to playing our role in a more sustainable world. We were one of the first airlines in China to raise the awareness of the unsustainability of the global shark trade. We understand the community’s desire to promote...

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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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