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On Monday, 5 December, SeafoodSource reported on comments made by Environmental Justice Foundation Executive Director Steve Trent to The Nation during the Asia Regional Conference on Building Ocean Health in Seoul, South Korea last week. On Wednesday, 7 December, EJF sent a letter to SeafoodSource seeking to clarify Trent’s comments and EJF’s position on Thailand’s progress in combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and human rights abuses in the Thai seafood industry. The...

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The 13th annual meeting of the South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (SEAFO), held in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, concluded with the adoption of a EU proposal to upgrade the region’s fisheries monitoring and compliance system.

Based on scientific advice, the regional fisheries management organization (RFMO) also implemented total allowable catches (TACs) for its main species, but it failed to adopt binding measures to ban gillnets, direct deepwater shark fishing and shark...

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Petcurean

Canadian pet food company Petcurean has received certification from the Marine Stewardship Council for its Gather dog food containing seafood.

Petcurean’s Gather Wild Ocean food contains line-caught cod from Alaska, blended with krill and other non-seafood ingredients. It’s Free Acres food also contains krill.

“We know consumers are increasingly demanding sustainability, transparency and organic ingredients in their pet food, which is why we created GATHER to proactively meet that demand,”...

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Msctick

A leaked report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) describes “troubling, systemic flaws” within the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification scheme, casting doubt on the integrity of a program trusted by millions of seafood consumers around the world to identify fisheries that are sustainable and well-managed.

The WWF, which helped found MSC 20 years ago, identified a conflict of interest in MSC’s scheme, which charges a licensing fee of 0.5 percent of wholesale value to companies that...

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Seapact

Sea Pact, a coalition designed to promote sustainable seafood, has announced four new and three continuing recipients of their fifth round seafood sustainability grants.

New winners include the B.C. Shrimpers’ Association, the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation, SafetyNet Technologies, Blue Ocean Gear, and continuing recipients of Sea Pact funding including the University of North Texas, the Downeast Institute and Shannon Balfry with the Vancouver Aquarium.

“We are very excited to be able to...

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