Environment & Sustainability

Published on
August 17, 2017

Sustainable frozen seafood meal supplier LovetheWild, along with several individuals and groups, are urging Americans to rally against an initiative brought forth by U.S. President Donald Trump’s Administration that would open up national marine sanctuaries and monuments to oil drilling.

After an outpouring of public comments on the proposal, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) extended the public comment deadline to … Read More

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
August 15, 2017
BioMar

Sustainable aquaculture firm BioMar Group celebrated ten years of implementing and refining its BioSustain concept during an event held at its new offices in Norway on 14 August.

With the establishment of BioSustain back in 2007 – which officially launched during Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, Belgium that year – BioMar was able to firmly establish itself “as the forerunner in driving sustainable innovation through collaborati… Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

Published on
August 15, 2017
Li Zi Feng

Male model and movie star Li Zi Feng has starred in a cooking show made for Chinese social media featuring crabs, shrimps and lobster from Canada’s provinces. 

Released live on Youku, a Chinese version of Youtube, the video was shot at the Canadian embassy in Beijing and featured seafood certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Screengrabs of the shoot were picked up and promoted on leading internet portals like Sina.com and … Read More

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Jewel Fraser

Published on
August 9, 2017
Too Big To Ignore

Two years after FAO member states agreed to adopt a human rights-based approach to governing the small-scale fisheries in their countries, researchers invested in the development of small-scale fisheries have released a book outlining progress made in implementing those reforms and the challenges in doing so.

The book, “Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines: Global Implementation,”  reviews countries' efforts thus far to implement the… Read More

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
August 9, 2017
bluefin tuna

U.S. officials issued a report earlier this week concluding that while Pacific bluefin tuna may have experienced some overfishing in recent years, the highly coveted species has not reached the point where it’s endangered.

A team of scientists from the National Marine Fisheries Service released its report on Monday after a nearly year-long investigation prompted by petitions from environmental groups seeking the protected status for the tun… Read More

Published on
August 8, 2017
yellowfin tuna

WWF expressed its “deep concern” at the Marine Stewardship Council’s decision to certify the Northeastern Tropical Pacific tuna purse seine fishery. 

“Seafood buyers should not consider this fishery as sustainable,” WWF said in a statement.

MSC confirmed that the Northeastern Tropical Pacific purse seine yellowfin and skipjack tuna fishery meets its Fisheries Standards, after a third party assessment of the fish… Read More

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Aaron Orlowski

Published on
August 3, 2017

The United Nations has advanced a step closer to an international treaty to protect marine life on the high seas, with an aim of setting up a mechanism for creating marine protected areas in areas beyond national jurisdictions.

International waters outside countries’ exclusive economic zones make up 60 percent of the ocean and cover almost half of the surface of the earth. The waters are rife with marine life, including many threatened spec… Read More

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Jason Holland

Published on
August 3, 2017
nephrops

Michael Creed, Ireland’s minister for agriculture, food and the marine, has announced that a scheme will be launched to promote the use of environmentally friendly fishing gear in the country’s nephrops fishery.

The new plan has been developed between the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) and the main fisheries organizations and is designed to help fishermen transition to fishing gears that help the phasing out of … Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
August 2, 2017

Last week’s meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission has been criticized by The Pew Charitable Trusts for failing to produce a plan to address overfishing of Pacific bluefin tuna, despite the fact that Japan and Mexico have already overrun their quotas for 2017.

The IATTC, composed of 21 member states and four cooperating non-members, is responsible for conservation and management of tuna and other marine resources in the east… Read More

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Jason Holland

Published on
August 2, 2017
Tiger Prawn

The 2017 tiger prawn season in Australia has kicked off with the country’s government praising the sustainability and responsible management of the Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF), where commercial fishers predominantly target these shrimp. 

“Industry, led by the Northern Prawn Fishery Pty Ltd., working together with scientists and AFMA, has been a champion for improving bycatch management over the last two decades,” said Jame… Read More