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Seafood News - Environment & Sustainability

Frenchnavy

French and Australian authorities recently joined forces for a marine patrol on the lookout for illegal fishing in Australian waters.

From 21 November to 15 December 2016, two Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) fisheries officers joined the French Navy on a three-week fisheries patrol on board the B2M D’Entrecasteaux, a multi-purpose French naval vessel based in Noumea, New Caledonia, according to an AFMA press release.

“The main aim of the patrol was to investigate the recent...

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MSC

Approximately 83 percent of the total catch from the Northeast Pacific region between the United States and Canada has been certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the certification body said in a new report.

Each year, the Northeast Pacific fishing area (which includes waters near to Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea) reels in about 2.6 million metric tons of sustainable seafood, making it the area with the...

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WOC New Logo

The World Ocean Council and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have announced a collaboration to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and enhance the sustainability of Asia-Pacific fisheries.

The WOC is an international business alliance that includes seafood industry members and USAID Oceans is a partnership between USAID and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center. Collectively, the two organizations plan to build a regional innovation and...

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zebra mussels

An invasive species of mussels* known for multiplying rapidly and disrupting most ecosystems and fisheries in its path, has now been detected in Montana after already infesting a number of other U.S. states including Nevada, Utah, California, Colorado and Arizona.

The troubling quagga and zebra mussels first began appearing from the Black Sea in the 1980s, and soon spread to the Great Lakes, then Nevada’s Lake Mead in 2007, according to the High Country News. With few predators to speak of and...

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Transboundarymine

Commercial and recreational fishers, scientists and indigenous leaders are growing more vocal in their concerns that increased mining activity in Western Canada may harm wild salmon habitat in Southeast Alaska.

The province of British Columbia is set to approve as many as eight new mines and expand or re-open nine more. Of those projects, five are in the watersheds of key salmon rivers – the Taku, Stikine, and Unut – that originate in British Columbia and flow into Southeast Alaska. Concerns...

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