Emma Desrochers

Contributing editor reporting from Hawaii, U.S.A.

Emma Desrochers is a freelance journalist based in Waialua, Hawaii, who writes about fisheries and sustainability. She graduated from Yale University in June 2021 with an undergraduate degree in environmental studies and mechanical engineering. She has contributed to the environmental conservation field through internships located in Ecuador, Thailand, and Hawaii.

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January 27, 2023

A team of researchers at the University of California-Santa Barbara has issued seven recommendations to aid fisheries management organizations adapt to the impacts of climate change.

The recommendations, published in a research paper titled “Harvest control rules used in U.S. federal fisheries management and implications for climate resilience,” include a focus on harvest control rules (HCRs) with pre-agreed guidelines for how much

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January 16, 2023

The adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Biodiversity Framework at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15) on 19 December, 2022, in Montreal, Canada could have a broad impact on seafood industry.

The framework involves four goals and 23 action-oriented targets to achieve preservation and effective conservation management of 30 percent of the globe’s terrestrial, inland water, and coastal and marine areas by 2030, a goal pushed by

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January 13, 2023

FisheryProgress, a major backer of FIP development as part of its work supporting the sustainable seafood movement, is calling on more seafood companies to invest in FIP development to ensure they are sourcing sustainably managed seafood – while also getting a financial benefit from customers increasingly seeking environmentally friendly products. 

Launched in 2016, the FisheryProgress.com website currently reports on more than 96

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January 6, 2023

Two processing vessels, owned by Phoenix Processors Limited Partnership (PPLP), the M/V Excellence and the M/V Phoenix, have achieved the FISH Standard for Crew Certification. 

The vessels operate as American flagged vessels in the Alaska pollock and Pacific whiting fisheries.

“FISH certification affirms our company’s long-standing dedication to safe operations and responsible treatment of our crew,” PPLP

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January 4, 2023

The Reponsible Fisheries Management (RFM) certification reassessment process is underway for the Alaska pollock and cod fisheries. 

The public comment period for the assessment opened 19 December, 2022, and runs to 19 January, 2023. The comment period will be followed with the certification determination by the third-party certification body, DNV, which will determine whether the fisheries can be recertified or not.

RFM is a

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January 4, 2023

The Fairness, Integrity, Safety, and Health (FISH) Standard for Crew, a third-party accreditation for labor practices on wild-capture fishing vessels, announced it has applied to the Consumer Goods Forum’s Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI).

The SSCI provides consumer guidance benchmarking of third-party audits, monitoring, and certification schemes. It covers sustainability requirements and relevant verification

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January 4, 2023

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has released its first report on how it is contriuting to the responsible aquaculture portion of the United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The 17 SDGs make up the overall sustainability goals adopted by 193 U.N. member-states in 2015. Within each overarching goal, there are specific targets to achieve the 17 SDGs by 2030. The new report found more than 80

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December 20, 2022

The Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Ocean Stewardship Fund is halfway to its goal of USD 10 million (EUR 9.4 million) in funding to support sustainable fishing globally.

The MSC launched the fund in 2018, with the funding going to small-scale fisheries that need assistance to overcome obstacles to becoming sustainable. The fund has awarded around USD 4.4 million (EUR 4.1 million) in grants, with USD 854,000 (EUR 804,000)

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December 16, 2022

London, U.K.-based nonprofit financial think tank Planet Tracker has launched a new database listing seafood supply chain companies. The database allows for comparison of listed companies' exposure to overfishing, illegal fishing, and sustainability risks.

Planet Tracker said its database provides better transparency to investors and lenders, allowing them to more accurately assess the risk and opportunity of an investment in a company

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December 9, 2022

A walleye and northern pike fishery in the Canadian province of Manitoba has achieved Marine Stewardship Council certification.

Cedar Lake is the province’s fourth-largest commercial fishery, and the certification was made possible through a multi-year collaboration between Cedar Lake Fisheries Inc., the Chemawawin Cree Nation, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), and the province of Manitoba. This collaboration and partnership aims to

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