Citing the importance of seafood as a global source of protein, increasing regulation, and creating greater efficiency in trade, the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) has developed a set of basic technical standards to allow for interoperability across seafood traceability platforms. The effort is intended to make global seafood traceability more reliable and more affordable for companies throughout the supply chain.
Because seafood… Read More
American consumers continue to have no strong established preference for farmed or wild fish, according to a new study by Changing Tastes. That lack of preference, the report found, extends to the broader seafood category as well.
A majority of U.S. consumers now consider both wild-capture and aquaculture to be acceptable ways of producing fish and seafood, Changing Tastes discovered, but only 17 percent said they ate fish because they… Read More
Bumble Bee Foods and FCF Co. have teamed up with Ocean Outcomes to improve the sustainability of Bumble Bee source fisheries in the Indian Ocean via a fisheries improvement project (FIP), with an end goal of certification.
Presently, there are no certified albacore tuna or longline fisheries in the Indian Ocean.
Vessels that will participate in this FIP catch approximately 6,000 metric tons of albacore tuna annually from the Indian Ocean, with… Read More
A fishery targeting bigeye, skipjack, and yellowfin on the Eastern Pacific high seas and in the waters of Panama, Nicaruaga, and Ecuador has been listed on FisheryProgress.org (Fishery Progress), a website developed to help the seafood industry track credible fishery improvement projects (FIPs) and their progress toward improvement.
The fishery is listed as the “Eastern Pacific Ocean tuna – purse seine (Marpesca),” and includes… Read More
The Santa Cruz, California, U.S.A.-based nonprofit FishWise has received a substantial grant from The Walmart Foundation to increase its work to address modern-day slavery and labor abuse in seafood supply chains.
The USD 934,000 (EUR 848,800) grant will allow FishWise to increase seafood industry engagement through its RISE platform while increasing the impact of the platform by aligning it with other international initiatives. RISE (an acronym… Read More
The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership announced the launch of a comprehensive fishery improvement project (FIP) for longline tuna that will be implemented by the Indonesian Longline Tuna Association. Included in the scope of the FIP will be the albacore, yellowfin, and bigeye longline fisheries in the Indian Ocean and the yellowfin and bigeye longline fisheries in the Western Central Pacific Ocean – both covering Indonesia’s EEZ and… Read More
SCS Global Services has released its draft assessment report on the Mexican Pacific shrimp fishery, putting it on track to be certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council later this year. The assessment includes three species …
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Laurel Bryant, the chief of external affairs in NOAA Fisheries’ Communications Office, retired at the end of 2019.
In 1989, Laurel Bryant began her career working for the United States House of Representatives Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, the predecessor to the House Natural Resources Committee. By 1994, she joined the National Marine Fisheries Service where among other positions, she served as the executive director to the… Read More
Longline-caught albacore and yellowfin tuna from the Solomon Islands has achieved Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, thanks in part to a coordinated effort led by global tuna company Tri Marine to improve the sustainability of the fishery.
This latest certification is in addition to two other certifications Tri Marine holds for pole-and-line and purse-seine skipjack and yellowfin in the region. The certificate marks the first… Read More
Maruto Suisan Co. Ltd., a company based in the city of Aioi in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, has achieved Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for its sustainable oyster fishery in the Seto Inland Sea.
An oyster fishery in Okayama Prefecture that grows seed oysters on ropes suspended from rafts off the coast of Okucho was also certified, making it the first MSC-certified rope grown oyster fishery in the world. The fishery caught 1,500… Read More