A New Bedford, Massachusetts-based startup, KnowSeafood, has launched a new direct-to-consumer online seafood market that uses blockchain technology to ensure the traceability of the seafood sold… Read More
Multiple conservation and wildlife protection groups have filed a petition with the National Marine Fisheries Service calling for new rulemaking that includes the prohibition of vertical lines in certain areas.
The petition, submitted 2 December, calls for emergency regulations prohibiting the use of trap/pot and gillnet fishing using static vertical lines in certain areas, and the expansion of two existing closures both “geographically… Read More
The Marine Stewardship Council has announced that it is suspending the certifications of the Atlanto-Scandian herring and blue whiting fisheries as of 30 December, 2020.
The MSC had been warning for months that the Atlanto-Scandian herring and blue whiting fisheries were at a high risk of losing MSC certificates. The fisheries were in danger because the quotas for the species were set above the recommended level by the International Council for… Read More
A new tool has been released in order to provide an evidence-based diagnostic tool for analyzing how a country’s fisheries management system is performing.
The Fisheries Governance Tool allows anyone using it – from fishery managers to funders, investors, and key stakeholders – to get a comprehensive look at how well a country’s a fisheries management system is doing. The tool allows users to track progress… Read More
The European Union parliament has officially passed a mini trade deal with the U.S. that will see all tariffs on U.S. lobsters dropped for the next five years.
In a vote with 638 affirmative, 45 against, and 11 abstentions, the parliament confirmed that all U.S. lobster imports to the E.U. will no longer be subject to an 8 percent tariff, retroactive to 1 August. The tariffs will be removed for the next five years, and the E.U. will work to make… Read More
U.S. commercial fisherman Michael Foy, who was held prisoner on the British Virgin Islands for more than four months, has finally returned home.
Foy was imprisoned on 8 June after being charged with “illegal entry and unlicensed fishing” after being told by the British Virgin Islands customs department to dock his boat in the waters off of Tortola, according to a Change.org petition. Foy claimed he had received permission in order to… Read More
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has added new labor and social standards to its requirements for member companies, which include tuna processors, traders, importers, transporters, marketers, and more.
The new standard – Conservation Measure 9.1 Public Policy on Social and Labor Standards – will require any business associated with ISSF to develop, and publish, social and labor standards and/or a sourcing… Read More
Nordic Aquafarms Inc., the company planning a large salmon recirculating aquaculture system in Belfast, Maine, U.S.A., has been granted state-level permits via a unanimous vote by the Maine Board of Environmental Protection (BEP).
The acquisition of state permits is the result of nearly two years of work on the permitting process, which was marked by interruptions from local opposition. Local opponents filed multiple objections to the permitting… Read More
The National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) and the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) are seeking comment on a draft of a new code of practice for farming salmonids in the country.
The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farmed Salmonids has been the result of two years of work via a multi-stakeholder approach across relevant stakeholders in various agriculture sectors. The code is intended to serve as guideline for sound… Read More