Environment & Sustainability
A new industry group, the Committee for the Sustainable Management of the Southern Pacific Jumbo Flying Squid (CALAMASUR), has formed to work toward sustainable production in one of the world’s most significant giant squid fishing regions.
The fishery, located off the western coast of South America is the single most important squid fishery in the world, accounting for over 30 percent of global squid volumes, according to the FAO.
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Spanish seafood giant Nueva Pescanova, Asia-based retailer Aeon, and U.S. wholesale distributor Santa Monica Seafood have joined the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) as funding partners.
The GSSI, launched in October 2015, is the creator and operator of the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool, which provides clarity on and transparency in seafood certification by recognizing robust and credible certification schemes, and supporting them … Read More
Representatives from the United Kingdom’s seafood industry are criticizing Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch’s new Seafood Slavery Risk Tool.
The tool was launched in early February with the goal of helping retail and foodservice buyers identify fisheries at high risk of human trafficking, forced labor, and child labor, according to the organization.
U.S. restaurant chain The Cheesecake Factory is already using the tool to help… Read More
The Marine Stewardship Council is seeking public input on a new policy on forced labor and related issues.
MSC will be asking for stakeholder input on labor practices in on-shore and offshore fisheries and seafood supply chains, and several other issues. The 30-day comment period opens on 15 March. This is the second round of public comments after the MSC board decided to start forming the labor standards in 2016.
“The Marine Stewards… Read More
Japan’s Fisheries Agency on 23 January requested all coastal fishermen to voluntarily refrain from catching small Pacific bluefin tuna, defined as under 30 kilograms, the Nikkei Shimbun reported.
Japan has a high possibility of exceeding its quota on juvenile bluefin of 3,423.5 metric tons (MT), set by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). As 19 January, the figure had already reached 3200.7 MT, or 90 percent o… Read More
A Rhode Island fisherwoman is taking the lead in helping shape the future of the industry in her state.
Armed with a USD 75,000 (EUR 61,000) grant, Sarah Schumann is leading a group that is developing a report designed to outline strategies that will help commercial fishermen in America’s smallest state thrive amid changes to the environment, government regulations, and other forces that impact the business.
This month started a six-week pr… Read More
Leaked natural gas condensate from the Iranian-owned tanker Sanchi is floating up Japan’s coast.
En route from to South Korea, the Sanchi collided with a Chinese cargo ship in the East China Sea on 6 January. The Sanchi caught fire and sank eight days later with all hands lost.
On 3 February, an oil-like substance washed ashore on Takarajima, near the larger island of Amami Oshima, south of Kyushu. It is expected the spill will be quickly s… Read More
Canada’s Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced on Tuesday, 6 February, that the Canadian government is moving forward with proposed legislation for a CAD 284 million (USD 227 million, EUR 184 million) overhaul of the nation’s Fisheries Act.
According to CBC News, the legislation would include money to hire new officers to enforce stricter regulations and would free up government funds to rebuild depleted stocks.
The… Read More
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has completed a joint public information campaign with the Vietnamese Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Vietnamese Directorate of Fisheries in Vietnam as part of efforts to combat illegal foreign fishing.
More than 200 Vietnamese fishers and government officials have attended recent workshops regarding international maritime boundaries, and the consequences of illega… Read More
To help Walmart continue expanding its sustainable seafood supply, the largest global retailer recently met with several large United States seafood suppliers, along with sustainability certifiers and other groups.
The retailer, which operates more than 5,400 Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in the U.S., also recognized three suppliers at the 1 February “Sustainability Summit” at Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansa… Read More