Environment & Sustainability

Published on
April 23, 2019

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has decided against appealing a federal judge’s ruling that NOAA Fisheries illegally withdrew a proposal that would have placed hard caps on the bycatch of protected species caught in California’s swordfish drift gillnet fishery.

On Monday, 15 April, when its brief was due to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the administration instead filed a notice to dismiss its appeal

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Chris Chase

Published on
April 23, 2019

In the past few months, Charoen Pokphand Foods has been making a concerted effort to reduce the company’s environmental impact, both domestically and abroad. 

The company made a pledge in 2018 to reduce the amount of plastic in its packaging, aiming for a 100 percent reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging by 2025 for domestic operations, and 2030 for overseas operations. In addition to the packaging commitment, the company has

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Chris Chase

Published on
April 22, 2019

Fishing For Energy, a partnership between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the NOAA Marine Debris Program, and Covanta and Schnitzer Steel Industries, celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year. 

Fishing for Energy collects derelict fishing gear that otherwise would have become marine debris, and then recycles that gear and converts it into energy. So far, more than 4 million pounds of derelict gear have been kept out of the

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Cliff White

Published on
April 18, 2019

The government of the Central American country of Belize has approved a plan to triple the size of its marine protected areas, raising the total of its territorial waters in marine protected areas to 10 percent.

Belize first announced the move at the World Ocean Summit in March 2018, aiming to create protections from fishing and mining activities so as to rebuild fish populations and help protect critical marine habitats, Belize Fisheries

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Ben Fisher

Published on
April 15, 2019

Oregon state lawmakers are proposing a bill which would provide nearly USD 2 million (EUR 1.7 million) to study and respond to the effects of rising ocean temperatures, low oxygen levels, and ocean acidification, according to a report in the Statesman Journal last week.

Thirty percent of man-made carbon dioxide is absorbed by the ocean, which causes the water to become more acidic, the report said. The change in ocean pH levels has made it

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Cliff White

Published on
April 15, 2019

There was a time when many in the seafood industry openly disliked the Monterey Bay Aquarium. And not long ago, the aquarium’s Seafood Watch program didn’t think very highly of much commercially-produced seafood, such as the equivalent of the industry’s bread and butter – farmed salmon. As recently as 2013, Seafood Watch advised its millions of sustainability-conscious adherents to avoid farmed salmon altogether.

But a

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Jason Holland

Published on
April 15, 2019

Forty percent of consumers are aware of the issue of microplastics in fish, according to a new survey conducted by land-based salmon farming company Pure Salmon. The recently-launched company’s analysis also found that 36.5 percent had knowledge of antibiotic use in sea-farmed fish.

The results are part of a survey of 2,000 consumers in the United Kingdom and United States. Consumers in each country were asked their opinions on issues

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Chris Chase

Published on
April 12, 2019

Artisan Catch – formerly Orca Seafoods – has announced the launch of a new comprehensive Fishery Improvement Project for the blue crab fishery in the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Sonora. 

The fishery represented an export market of roughly USD 30.5 million (EUR 26.9 million) in 2014, and has grown at an annual rate of just over 5 percent in the last 10 years, according to Artisan Catch. The FIP tasks will be carried out by

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Cliff White

Published on
April 10, 2019

Political instability and a dearth of resources is affecting Brazil’s ability to regulate its soybean sector, an investigation by Aarhus, Denmark-based aquafeed firm BioMar has found.

The company initiated its investigation following a report issued by the Rainforest Foundation and the non-governmental organization Future in our Hands that implicated Brazilian soybean producers Caramuru, Selecta, and Imcopa of alleged illegal

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Chris Chase

Published on
April 10, 2019

A new cookbook released in the United States by the nonprofit Green Crab R&D is aiming to change the invasive European green crab from a liability to a boon. 

European green crabs have been on the East Coast of the U.S. for over a century, but warming waters and milder winters have caused the species to steadily gain in population and territory in the last decade. Maine, in particular, has been feeling the effects of the small

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