Seafood News - Environment & Sustainability


St. Helena, a volcanic island located in the Southern Atlantic Ocean, has partnered with the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) to launch a one-by-one tuna fishery intended to increase the sustainability of the island’s catch.

The island, a British Overseas Territory and one of the most settled islands remote in the world, has a maritime zone of 172,439 square miles of open-ocean habitat. However, according to the IPNLF, its fisheries are at risk of being overfished by foreign...

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Japan’s Fishery Agency is likely to set a total allowable catch (TAC) for bluefin tuna, after a survey found problems with the current voluntary cap.

In January 2015, to show it was not ignoring bluefin tuna overfishing, the Japan Fisheries Agency (JFA), introduced voluntary limits on bluefin harvests in domestic waters. A system of alerts was included an “advisory” when catches hit 70 percent of the limit, an “alert” at 80 percent, a “special alert” at 90 percent, and a request for voluntary...

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The Baltic herring and sprat fishery, which accounts for more than 90 percent of Finland’s marine catch, has been entered into Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) assessment by the Finnish Fishermen’s Association. It is the first fishery in Finland to undergo MSC assessment.

Acoura Marine will conduct the MSC Fisheries Standard assessment over the next 12 to 18 months, and the group is inviting those with information about the Finnish fishery’s sustainability to participate in the...

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United States supermarket chain Hy-Vee has expanded its seafood procurement policy to include shelf-stable tuna.

West Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.A.-based Hy-Vee is one of several major retailers, along with Walmart, Wegmans, Kroger and Albertsons, suing Bumble Bee Foods, Tri-Union Seafoods and StarKist, alleging the “big three” fixed the prices of packaged tuna products in the U.S.

“Shelf-stable tuna is a challenging and complex category, but we are committed to taking positive and meaningful...

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John West tuna

Co-op has introduced a new tuna sourcing policy that extends its own commitments and for the first time also holds brands to account.

The U.K. retailer has widened its tuna sourcing policy to include the branded canned tuna suppliers Princes and John West. It has set a deadline of the end of 2017 for tuna under these brands to be sourced from fisheries improvement projects (FIPs) working toward the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard.

Co-op’s deadline to branded suppliers is part of its...

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