Environment & Sustainability
Trinidad and Tobago's Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) recently deployed a water quality monitoring buoy with the aid of local fishermen, in response to ongoing tensions between the artisanal fishers and big industry over the source of pollution in the Gulf of Paria and subsequent fish kills.
The buoy, which was deployed approximately a mile and a half from the Claxton Bay Fishing Depot at a location chosen by the fishermen in the Gulf of Paria,… Read More
LED lights can help reduce bycatch by aiding the escape of Chinook salmon from Pacific hake trawl nets, according to a study done by researchers at the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Northwest Fisheries Science Center.
The lights influence where salmon exit bycatch-reducing windows in the hake nets, and could increase the total number of salmon that escape, the researchers say. In a series of tests in 2015, the lights seemed t… Read More
A group of members of Parliament in the United Kingdom is calling for the Marine Stewardship Council to change its standards to eliminate its allowance of tuna-fishing boats to catch both certified and non-certified fish in the same trip.
The group includes Richard Benyon, Zac Goldsmith, James Heappey, and John McNally. All are affiliated with the “On the Hook” advocacy group, which was created earlier this year to challenge the MSC&r… Read More
Using tracking research courtesy of Global Fishing Watch, environmental nonprofit Oceana is now tracing interactions between sharks and commercial fishing.
Oceana recently published a report revealing the overlay between sharks and commercial fishing activity on the East Coast of the United States.
The research is notable for its efforts to better identify how sharks are caught as bycatch in commercial fishing efforts. Every year, between 63 and … Read More
Eight Indonesian fishers have been placed on good behavior bonds in the Darwin Magistrates Court after being caught fishing illegally in Australian waters last month. Their vessel was also confiscated and destroyed at a facility in Darwin, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) confirmed.
The master, who was a first time offender, pleaded guilty to two offences under the Fisheries Management Act 1991, was convicted and received two … Read More
The Organization of Associated Producers of Large Freezer Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC), an amalgamation of nine Spanish companies that own tuna seiners, announced last month that it is developing new environmental and social standards for the global tuna-fishing fleet.
The group announced the move at the 2017 Our Oceans Conference in Malta, pledging to align its own fishing practices with the standards by the end of the current year, according to OPAGA… Read More
There are increased signs of worry in China’s aquaculture sector over tightening environmental rules.
In the past month, 30 illegal aquaculture sites were closed and removed from the Dongting Lake area in Hunan Province, a key region for freshwater crab and fish production.
An "Animal Husbandry Pollution Task Force" had promised to clear out “unlicensed breeding operations” – which includes pig and fish farms –… Read More
Walmart has joined the Ocean Disclosure Project (OCP), pledging to reveal more details regarding the way it sources seafood via a public portal on the project’s website, the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) announced on 8 November.
The data to be hosted on the OCP portal could include the locations where Walmart sources its wild-caught seafood, as well as the gear types used to acquire that catch. Fisheries management info… Read More
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Seafood Champion Awards, organizer SeaWeb announced on 13 November.
The awards, which were first presented in 2006, honor and recognize organizations and individuals who lead the charge in promoting environmentally-responsible seafood. Ideal nominees demonstrate an “outstanding commitment to advancing seafood sustainability in the fishing, aquaculture, supply chain, retail, and restauran… Read More
Members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation have filed bills that would extend visas to foreign fishermen working on fishing boats in the state.
The moves come more than a year after the Associated Press first reported allegations of labor abuses on commercial vessels. Reporters found about 700 undocumented workers, mainly from Southeast Asia and Pacific island countries, who work for less than USD 1.00 (EUR 0.86) an hour. The AP’s r… Read More