Environment & Sustainability
European Union vessels will no longer be able to carry out electric pulse fishing in the waters of the United Kingdom after Brexit, U.K. Fisheries Minister George Eustice has announced.
Using an electric current to fish was banned by the E.U. in 1998 but since 2006 pulse beam trawling has been allowed under an E.U. derogation. At present, more than 80 Dutch vessels have permission to use this method in certain parts of the southern North Sea,… Read More
A four-time recipient of Fast Company magazine’s Social Capitalist of the Year award, Rice founded Fair Trade USA – North America’s leading certifier of Fair Trade products – in 1998 after graduating from Yale University with a degree in… Read More
The 15th annual SeaWeb Seafood Summit, set to take place in Bangkok, Thailand from 10 to 14 June, 2019, is primed to be the most experiential yet, according to event organizer Diversified Communications.
The summit, which is produced by Diversified in partnership with SeaWeb, is slated to offer more offsite field trips, interactive breakout session formats, and question-and-answer opportunities than it has ever before – both during… Read More
Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd announced that it has submitted a petition for emergency rulemaking demanding that the U.S. government cease importing seafood from New Zealand in order to protect the Māui dolphin.
The Māui dolphin, found off the west coast of the north island in New Zealand, is one of the rarest marine mammals in the world: The scientific committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) estimates that… Read More
The South Korean government is facing scrutiny from regional and international NGOs for mishandling a case of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing that occurred in the Antarctic.
Two vessels found fishing illegally in Antarctic waters in December 2017, the Southern Ocean and Hong-Jin 701, were allowed to sell their catch on the global seafood market after the South Korean government failed to enforce proper sanctions, according to… Read More
An investigation by French state television broadcaster France 2 into the use of fish aggregating devices (FADs) to catch juvenile yellowfin tuna in the Indian Ocean, aimed to highlight the dark side of the industry to consumers.
Use of FADs has been widespread since the 1980s, but their use now sits at the center of global discussions on the long-term sustainability of tuna stocks and the ecological impact of tuna fisheries. An addition… Read More
European Union member states are predicted to fish Northeast Atlantic stocks as much as 312,000 metric tons (MT) above the scientific advice in 2019, according to a new report published by charitable thinktank New Economics Foundation (NEF).
The latest edition of NEF’s annual “Landing the Blame” report states of the 120 total allowable catch (TAC) decisions made at the December 2018 AGRIFISH Council negotiations, 55 TACs or 46… Read More
The federal government has about 10 weeks before it must establish a new catch limit for an anchovy fishery in northern California, and as time winds down, discussions about the fishery’s future are ramping up.
However, the talk regarding the future of the northern anchovy’s central sub-population isn’t just about a new limit.
“It’s time to bring anchovy management into the 21st century by updating catch limits each… Read More
A new collaboration between the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and the environmental nonprofit FishChoice will result in members of its supplier program becoming Ocean Disclosure Project participants.
FishChoice, which encourages seafood suppliers to publicly share information – including product sources, certifications, and sustainability ratings – has named the Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP) as its newest Sustainable Seafood… Read More
Even though the United Kingdom led lobbying for the introduction of the European Union-wide ban on the practice of discarding unwanted fish at sea, the country has so far failed to implement or enforce the resultant Landing Obligation, finds a new report published by the House of Lords E.U. Energy and Environment Sub-Committee.
The Landing Obligation was designed to put an end to an estimated 1.7 million metric tons (MT) of fish annually being… Read More