Seafood News - Environment & Sustainability


The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative, or GSSI, has announced six new commercial partners that have endorsed its efforts to evaluate the reliability of seafood certification programs.

In addition, in recent months, several globally prominent certification schemes have been benchmarked by GSSI, including the Iceland RFM program in November and the Alaska RFM in June, and GSSI’s public consultation of the Marine Stewardship Council’s scheme recently ended, signifying the program’s...

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The administration U.S. President Barack Obama has announced the implementation of the Seafood Import Monitoring Program to qualified enthusiasm from environmental groups.

The fruits of the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud, authorized by Obama in June 2014, the program will require “at-risk” seafood that is imported into the United States to be tracked to its source and properly labeled.

Studies by ocean conservation...

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For the first time, an orange roughy fishery has been certified to the standards set by the Marine Stewardship Council and received the MSC check-mark, or “tick.”

The New Zealand’s three largest orange roughy fisheries, representing about 60 percent of New Zealand’s total catch of orange roughy, were submitted for appraisal by Seafood New Zealand and deemed eligible to carry the MSC ecolabel, according to the organization and MSC.

The certification represents a major turnaround for orange...

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Thai Union Group PCL and the World Tuna Purse Seine Organization (WTPO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Manila, Philippines, to establish a high-level framework of cooperation and coordination to ensure fair labor practices in the purse-seine sector.

The MOU includes the implementation of best practice on fair labor standards in operations. Specifically, both parties agreed to develop policies and rules on ethical crew employment and fair labor practices, including training...

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Commencing next year, 2 May will be internationally recognized as World Tuna Day to highlight the vital socio-economic importance of the widely consumed fish to people around the world, the United Nations’ General Assembly has proclaimed.

The General Assembly said the terms of a World Tuna Day proposal, introduced at the UN’s New York headquarters by the representative of Palau on behalf of the Pacific Small Island Developing States, was adopted without a vote, with the 193-member body...

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