With a signature from President Barack Obama on 11 February, the United States formally ratified Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), making the U.S. an official member of the international accord designed to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
The U.S. becomes the 21st party to ratify the PSMA, which goes into effect once 25 parties have signed and ratified the agreement. Larger countries that have signed on so far include… Read More
A bill that would shift management of the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery from federal agencies to five southern states is meeting resistance from commercial interests and conservation groups.
The Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act (House Resolution 3094), introduced by U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), proposes to give the wildlife departments of the five U.S. states bordering the Gulf of Mexico full management authority for… Read More
Twelve of the best new products in seafood will compete for two prestigious 2016 Seafood Excellence Awards, recognizing the best new products released in the North American market over the past 18 months.
Four products are up for the Best New Foodservice award, while eight will compete for the Best New Retail Product award. The winners will be announced at the Seafood Expo North America & Seafood Processing North America event, taking place… Read More
The U.S. State Department is reviewing a proposal from the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) that would restore fishing access to the U.S. tuna fleet operating in FFA-controlled waters.
A State Department official confirmed to SeafoodSource.com that the proposal, delivered 9 February, contains revisions to the U.S. Tuna Treaty intended to find a compromise that would restore the treaty, which the U.S. withdrew from on 29… Read More
Marine Harvest Chile became the first company to complete the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices’ multi-size zone cluster program, which it achieved in early February.
The new program allows for multiple farm sites in the same federally set zone our grouped together logistically to apply for and earn BAP certification simultaneously.
Marine Harvest’s newly certified operations in Chile include nine salmon farms and… Read More
The Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has sent an offer letter to the U.S. State Department that may pave the way for the U.S. tuna fleet to resume operations in the Central and South Pacific.
The FFA, composed of 17 Pacific Island nations, has offered to refund 1,996 fishing days held by the U.S. fleet as part of the U.S. Tuna Treaty deal for 2016. The U.S. withdrew from the treaty on 29 January after the FFA demanded that American… Read More
An organization representing 40 Spanish purse seine tuna trawlers has committed to improving its fishing operations with the goal of reaching Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) accreditation within five years.
The Organization of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC) is working with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to launch a Fishery Improvement Project to establish better fishing management and practices for its global tuna fleet.… Read More
The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program has given Maine farmed salmon a “good alternative” rating, the first such rating for any North American farmed salmon.
Seafood Watch investigated the feed type, stock origin, aquaculture practices and state and federal regulations to determine one of three ratings for each of the world’s fisheries – “best choice,” “good alternative” or “avoid.”
Much of Maine’s farmed… Read More
European Union Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella addressed shrinking fish stocks in the Mediterranean on 9 February, the same day conservation group Oceana called for emergency closures of Mediterranean fisheries it says are overexploited.
Speaking in Catania, Italy at the High-Level Seminar on the Status of the Stocks in the Mediterranean and on the CFP Approach, Vella noted the “dramatic decline of… Read More
Nova Austral, a Chilean salmon farmer and processor, has received its first certification from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) for its Aracena 2 Farm in southern Chile.
The company operates in the Magellan and Antarctic region of Chile in the far southern end of the country.
Since being acquired out of bankruptcy for USD 183 million (EUR 161.7 million) by Altor Fund III and Bain Capital in October 2014, Nova Austral has sought to… Read More