Seafood News - Environment & Sustainability


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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canned tuna

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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skipjack tuna

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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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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shark fins

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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