Richmond, British Columbia, Canada-based Ocean Brands has achieved 100 percent Marine Stewardship Council certification for its Ocean’s skipjack tuna.
The achievement has given Ocean Brands the widest range of MSC-certified products in Canada’s canned seafood category, it said in a press release.
“There is still so much work to do when it comes to managing our fisheries. As we take from our natural environment, we also have an… Read More
The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has released two new updates in its shrimp standard with the goal of broadening the reach of the program.
ASC is an independent, not-for-profit organization that was co-founded in 2010 by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) to manage certification of responsible fish farming across the globe. The ASC’s shrimp standard is a certification process to ensure… Read More
A pole-and-line fishery in Portugal's Azores Archipelago has become the world’s first “plastic neutral” fishery.
The "plastic-neutral" designation was developed by the International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF), in association with the Azores Ocean Observatory, POPA, Associação de Produtores de Atum e Similares dos Açores, Federação das Pescas dos Açores, and the Institute of… Read More
On The Hook announced it is launching an external review of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to offer recommendations on measures the MSC should implement to creating lasting sustainability in the fisheries it certifies.
Launched in August 2017, On The Hook was originally focused on MSC certification of the world’s largest tuna fishery, controlled by the Parties to the Nauru Agreement. Initially, On The Hook criticized the… Read More
Oceana, an international non-governmental organization dedicated to ocean conservation, has released a new analysis finding U.S. requirements for transparency in the operation of fishing vessels fall short compared to other countries, including the European Union.
The analysis found that only 12 percent of more than 19,000 commercial fishing vessels registered in the U.S. fleet are required to carry automatic identification systems (AIS). U.S.… Read More
The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), and Birdlife International have formed a new partnership to protect marine wildlife from bycatch.
The new partnership intends to work directly with major retailers, brands, and foodservice companies in order to conduct bycatch audits. The audits are to identify the level of threats to endangered, threatened, and protected (ETP) species in fisheries that are… Read More
Blue Waters LLC Oman has achieved the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification from the Global Seafood Alliance (GSA).
Blue Waters LLC produces sea bream (Sparus aurata) in the Gulf of Oman, about 100 kilometers south of Muscat. The company was audited against the BAP Farm Standard Issue 3.0 and received its BAP certificate on 15 March, 2022.
The farm has been in operation since 2016 and consists of circular cages off the coast of Qurayyat… Read More
The James Beard Foundation, in collaboration with Postelsia, has relaunched an improved Smart Catch program.
The program, which encourages greater use of sustainable seafood in U.S. restaurants, was launched in 2016 and expanded in 2017. It was put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Smart Catch is an important program for the foundation, as it epitomizes the transformative, positive impact that chefs can have on the environment through their… Read More
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (WPFMC) is trying to tackle multiple problems faced in its jurisdiction, including ineffective whale bycatch solutions, U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations, creating more-equitable fisheries, and issues regarding fishery rights in American Samoa.
The council has been working to tackle how to handle false killer whale bycatch in the region's tuna fisheries – mainly in Hawai’i… Read More
The Technology Adoption Fund – a collaboration between the nonprofit Multiplier, The Walton Family Foundation, and Builders Initiative – has begun its inaugural round of funding as of 24 March, 2022. The new pooled loan fund aims to reduce the barrier funding in order for new technology adoption in sustainable fisheries.
Technology adoption in the sustainable seafood industry can improve fisheries management, reduce environmental… Read More