Aaron Orlowski

Aaron Orlowski

Contributing Editor

Aaron Orlowski is a California-based journalist who writes about fish (both farmed and wild), food, the environment and science. Before settling on the West Coast, he worked for newspapers in North and South Dakota. In his spare time, he attempts to salvage untested recipes in the kitchen.

Published on
November 21, 2017

LED lights can help reduce bycatch by aiding the escape of Chinook salmon from Pacific hake trawl nets, according to a study done by researchers at the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Northwest Fisheries Science Center.

The lights influence where salmon exit bycatch-reducing windows in the hake nets, and could increase the total number of salmon that escape, the researchers say. In a series of tests in 2015, the lights seemed t… Read More

Published on
November 17, 2017

A new effort funded by the U.S. government and several philanthropic foundations aims to improve seafood traceability by launching a knowledge-sharing network. 

The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) will promote legal and sustainable fisheries by improving supply chain transparency and traceability. The partnership will bring together seafood industry representatives, nongovernmental organizations, and governments to col… Read More

Published on
November 8, 2017

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has partnered with the philanthropic organization Oceano Azul Foundation to improve the sustainability of small-scale artisanal fisheries in Portugal.

Oceano Azul’s president Jose Soares dos Santos announced the partnership in October at the Our Ocean Conference in Malta. 

“Economic and social sustainability depends more than ever on the sustainability of the marine environment,” dos San… Read More

Published on
November 1, 2017

Marine protected areas on the high seas could be on the horizon because of an in-progress United Nations treaty for marine life outside national waters. But are MPAs actually effective?

The common view is that MPAs effectively preserve biodiversity in the oceans, and it’s well-established that they benefit fish and other marine life within their boundaries. What’s not as firmly known is what impact MPAs have beyond their borders.

The … Read More

Published on
October 31, 2017

The Philippines is partnering with the conservation group Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to reform fishery management policy and is investing in enforcement, the government announced at the Our Ocean conference in Malta earlier this month.

The country committed to establish reforms for major commercial fisheries by 2022.

“Healthy fisheries are critical to the well-being of all Filipinos, and we are committed to making fishing sustainable … Read More

Published on
October 20, 2017

Beep. Beep. That ubiquitous sound, heard six billion times a day at the checkout counters in grocery stores and shops around the world, could be integral to the next phase of seafood traceability.

Barcodes – and their cousin, the QR code – may seem like simple things, but the data they hold could be the difference between knowing the origin of a fish or not.

For fishermen, seafood processors and others in the industry, better traceabi… Read More

Published on
September 7, 2017

The seafood industry has largely stayed out of negotiations for a new international treaty that would allow for marine protected areas (MPAs) on the high seas, said the leader of the main industry organization participating in the treaty process.

The legally binding United Nations treaty currently under development would be signed by countries under the 1982 United Nations Law of the Sea treaty. In July, the years-long treaty process took a majorRead More

Published on
August 11, 2017
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Palau, a Pacific island nation of just 21,000 people, is on the front lines of the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, but the small country has only one patrol boat – with two more on the way – to cover hundreds of thousands of square miles of ocean. So the country has turned to innovative partnerships, including working with groups that track illegal fishing using satellite-based ship location data.

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Published on
August 9, 2017

An Oregon, U.S.A.-based seafood and sushi restaurant group has started an initiative to calculate and publish the carbon emissions caused by its products – and has committed to buying carbon offsets to compensate for those emissions, the company announced last week.

The Sustainable Restaurant Group’s carbon calculator appears to be the first in the industry to focus on seafood sustainability. Other efforts have calculated a restaurant… Read More

Published on
August 8, 2017

Trawling accounts for 20 percent of global fish landings, provides food for millions of people and is among the fishing methods most criticized by conservationists.

A new study that puts numbers to the impact of trawling, however, finds that some types of trawls cause significantly more damage to the seabed than others. Additionally, the most common type of trawl – otter trawling – has a lower environmental impact.

Fishermen use botto… Read More