Environment & Sustainability

Published on
April 26, 2017

Westward Seafoods, a Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.-based division of Maruha Nichiro, agree to pay more than USD 2 million (EUR 1.8 million) for violations of the Clean Air Act at its Captain’s Bay seafood processing plant in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

As part of the consent decree between Westward, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice, Westward will pay USD 1.1 million (EUR 1 million) for air pollution reduction proje… Read More

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Jason Holland

Published on
April 26, 2017

With crew welfare and responsible catching practices onboard fishing vessels becoming more important issues of concern for seafood supply chains all over the world, the establishment of an internationally recognized standard that demonstrates good practice at sea and also encourages further engagement has been propelled to the top of many wish-lists.

Originally introduced in 2006 by Seafish, the U.K. seafood authority, the voluntary Responsible F… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
April 24, 2017

The New England Fishery Management Council voted nearly unanimously last week in favor of a partial ban on fishing in an area off the coast of Maine that is home to increasingly rare deepwater corals.

However, the council also approved an exemption that would allow lobstering in the area near Mount Desert Rock and Outer Schoodic Ridge, a fishery with an estimated annual value of USD 4.2 million (EUR 3.8 million), according to an article in the PoRead More

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Jason Holland

Published on
April 17, 2017

Friend of the Sea sustainability certification has been approved for ingredients containing omega-3 EPA and DHA used in products within Royal DSM’s MEG-3 brand. 

The fish oil for MEG-3 and MEG-3 Ultra ingredients originate from fisheries with Friend of the Sea-approved purse-seine fleets. The fisheries are managed according to sustainable criteria, with highly selective fishing methods and from stocks that are neither overfished nor ov… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
April 14, 2017

A provincial court in Thailand has sentenced six people to lengthy prison terms for illegally trafficking migrant workers onto fishing vessels.

The defendants, who were each given 14-year prison sentences, include Sompon Jirotemontree, the former chairman of the Trang Fishing Association and owner of Boonlarp Fishing L.P., and Somjit Srisawang, who allegedly supplied Sompon’s business with trafficked workers from Myanmar.  Additionally… Read More

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
April 14, 2017

The North Sea herring fishery has achieved recertification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), meaning products utilizing herring caught from the fishery will continue to bear the MSC blue ecolabel, signifying sustainability. 

The vessels that fish for herring in the North Sea include those operated by the Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group and the Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association (England, France, Germany, Lithuania and the Net… Read More

Published on
April 14, 2017

Rainbow trout supplier Piscifactoria Del Alba recently became the first aquaculture operation in Spain to gain Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification. 

“Currently, the European market is demanding companies to be more socially and environmentally responsible,” said Fidel Cabero Díaz, quality and food safety manager of Piscifactoria del Alba S.A. “Our company has been working for years to be respectful wi… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
April 12, 2017

The Italian arm of the German discount supermarket chain Lidl has adopted a new policy for sourcing more sustainable seafood.

The policy seeks to improve the sustainability score of both the wild-caught seafood and aquaculture products sold in Lidl’s 552 stores in Italy, primarily through buying more products with sustainability certifications, including the Marine Stewardship Council and Aquaculture Stewardship Council ticks, and the Frien… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
April 10, 2017

The Global Ghost Gear Initiative, a multi-stakeholder alliance dedicated to tackling the problem of ghost fishing gear at a global scale, has released a best-practice framework for reducing ghost fishing gear from the world’s marine habitats.

More than 40 seafood, fishing industry, NGO, and government stakeholders had input into the best practices, and feedback is currently being welcomed on the guidelines, the organization said.

Abandoned,… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
April 10, 2017

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) is encouraging Liberia to safeguard its artisanal fisheries by installing a ring-fence along its six-nautical-mile inshore exclusion zone.

EJF’s notice comes in response to a plan in the West African nation to reduce or fully eliminate its IEZ along its 579-kilometer coastline.

 “The six-nautical-mile limit is crucial to the well-being of hundreds of thousands of Liberians living in coas… Read More