With more than 100 companies now affiliated with its global, industry-driven standards for seafood traceability, the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) announced it is hiring a new executive director to lead it through its next phase of growth.
Nineteen months after first launching the GDST, its standards are emerging as an important framework for facilitating interoperable seafood traceability. The standards are designed to increase… Read More
The total number of purse-seine vessels – calculated based on data from the five tuna regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) – has increased from 1,721 in 2020 to 1,855 today, according to the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation’s (ISSF) updated Large-Scale Tuna Purse-Seine Fishing Fleets report, released in July. The report also found approximately 678 vessels defined as large-scale purse-seine vessels… Read More
The Faroe Islands cod, haddock, tusk, and ling fishery has achieved Marine Stewardship Council certification for its Atlantic cod and haddock catch. The new certification for cod and haddock is an extension of the current MSC certification for ling and tusk (cusk) in Faroese waters.
In December 2020, Faroe Islands Minister of Fisheries Jacob Vestergaard made an executive order to introduce a scientifically-based management plan limiting the… Read More
In a new study led by World Wildlife Fund Peru (WWF-Peru), Peru’s mahi and jumbo squid fisheries were used to track how digital technologies can support small-scale fishers’ engagement with global seafood traceability standards.
The study was organized in collaboration with the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) Secretariat, WWF-US and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and traceability technology companies… Read More
The Aquaculture Stewardship Council has initiated a public consultation on new requirements in its standards to improve the welfare of farmed fish on issues related to water quality, stocking density, and slaughter.
The public consultation is now open, and allows for feedback on the proposed new requirements in the ASC standards. The ASC said it is interested in hearing from producers, experts from animal welfare NGOs and charities, scientists… Read More
The Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions is a non-profit organization working to develop itself into a global hub to support the seafood industry’s adoption of sustainable practices and innovation. The organization’s goal is to “help the industry make sense of the complex sustainability challenges in seafood by working with a broad range of stakeholders to reduce barriers to and increase the seafood industry’s… Read More
With the intention of increasing accountability and transparency in reporting on fisheries improvement projects (FIPs), Sustainable Fisheries Partnership has published an update to its FIP Evaluation Tool. This revision, the fourth since the tool launched in 2007, clarifies guidelines for use, addresses the need for improved accountability, and more explicitly identifies connections between FIP actions and fishery improvements.
“These… Read More
A new poll released by Environmental Defense Fund indicates U.S. voters are open to consuming more home-grown seafood that adheres to strong consumer and environmental standards for American aquaculture.
The poll found 84 percent of voters support a proposal that “would first examine the risks and opportunities of fish farming (also known as aquaculture) in U.S. federal waters before setting high standards and regulation for safe and… Read More
Oceana will launch a scientific expedition to investigate and document the conditions of two of the most biodiverse underwater areas in the Gulf of Mexico, it announced.
The expedition will explore the Scorpion Reef (Arrecife Alacranes in Spanish) and the Bajos del Norte National Park. The marine protected area, located 140 kilometers north of the Yucatan Peninsula, is the largest reef in the southern Gulf of Mexico, Oceana said.
“Our… Read More
A new report has foundthe best way to reduce the impact of lost fishing gear is to enforce existing rules.
The report, “Ghost Gear Legislation Analysis,” was jointly written bythe World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Ocean Outcomes, and Ocean Conservancy’s Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI). It assesses existing government legislation and policies addressing ghost gear and provides recommendations to governments… Read More