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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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Thaifleet

An investigative report from Greenpeace details abuses in the Thai fishing fleet and its effort to avoid scrutiny by moving into less-regulated areas of the Indian Ocean.

The 86-page report, Turn the Tide, claims that crackdowns on illegal fishing and human trafficking in Indonesia in 2015 resulted in a movement by the Thai fleet to the waters belonging to Papua New Guinea. When that country initiated its own enforcement efforts, the Thai vessels then moved to the Saya de Malha Bank...

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Blue crab

The Louisiana blue *crab fishery has become the first to successfully complete the auditing process for Audubon Nature Institute’s Gulf United for Fisheries’ (G.U.L.F.) Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) certification, which gauges and encourages responsible practices for the sustainable harvest of Gulf of Mexico seafood.

Carried out by the independent assessment body Global Trust, which specializes in fisheries auditing, the certification is based on internationally accepted principles...

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Māui dolphins

New initiatives put forward by New Zealand’s seafood industry to further protect the country’s endangered Māui dolphins have been welcomed by government.

Proposed changes by companies Moana New Zealand and Sanford cover the area from Maunganui Bluff in the North to the Whanganui River Mouth and include: no set nets in the area north of New Plymouth; from October 2017 fishers will install full electronic monitoring; and there will be a transition away from conventional trawl fishing...

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Godacopangasius

Godaco Seafood, an integrated *pangasius production company based in Tien Giang, Vietnam, has received its fourth star as part of its participation in the Global Aquaculture Association’s Best Aquaculture Practices program.

The certification makes Godaco the second Vietnamese pangasius company to earn four stars in the BAP program, after Vinh Hoan earned its fourth star last year.

Godaco was founded in 1997 and now employs more than 3,800 people in Vietnam. In August, the company brought...

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