In brief: Tilapia moving toward certification
By SeafoodSource staff
27 December, 2010
The World Wildlife Fund is now advising consumers to buy tilapia farmed in Indonesia and Honduras after determining that producers there are “moving toward certification.” Currently, tilapia is classified as unsustainable in WWF’s sustainable seafood guide.
“The moving-toward-certification classification was set up to give consumers the ability to identify and support fisheries and fish farms that have signed up to achieve the highest standards of sustainable production,” said Dr. Mark Powell, WWF International’s global seafood leader.
Tilapia producers in Indonesia and Honduras have been or will soon be certified according to Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standards once the organization is in operation next year. Earlier this month, WWF reclassified Vietnamese pangasius as “moving toward certification” after producers there committed to certifying 50 percent of its exports according to ASC standards by 2015.
Cod, haddock catch limit may rise in Georges Bank
New England fishermen would be allowed to catch more cod, haddock and yellowtail flounder if U.S. President Barack Obama signs legislation that would lift a restriction preventing fisheries managers from raising catch limits in Georges Bank along the Canadian border.
To do so, fishermen must demonstrate that overfished stocks can be rebuilt over a longer time frame than the 10-year deadline in the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Obama is expected to sign the International Fisheries Clarification Act, which originated from the Gloucester, Mass.-based Northeast Seafood Coalition and is supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Study: Marine reserves help rebuild fisheries
Fish larvae can drift with ocean currents and “re-seed” fish stocks more than 100 miles away, according to a new study by Oregon State University marine ecologists. Published last week in the scientific journal PLoS One, the study demonstrates the ability of marine reserves to rebuild fish stocks in areas outside the reserves, said the researchers.
“We already know that marine reserves will grow larger fish and some of them will leave that specific area, what we call spillover,” said OSU professor Mark Hixon. “Now we’ve clearly shown that fish larvae that were spawned inside marine reserves can drift with currents and replenish fished areas long distances away.”
The study’s findings were based on data collected from nine marine reserves created in 1999 off the west coast of Hawaii’s Big Island.
27 December, 2010