Environment & Sustainability
A new project to improve the management of squid fisheries in southern China aims to be a template for the sector globally.
Chinese and Taiwanese distant fishing firms have become major players in the global squid catch in over the past decade. The Shantou Taiwan Common Squid fishery improvement project (FIP) will see better harvest monitoring and training of fishermen and is being facilitated by the China Blue Sustainability Institute, a l… Read More
The future of the North Atlantic right whale is looking more and more bleak, and with their fate inextricably tied to the lobster and crab fishing grounds off the coast of Northern New England and Eastern Canada, pressure is mounting on the fisheries and their regulators to take more drastic action.
Conservation groups have filed a second lawsuit against the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, seeking enforcement of the Marine Mammal Protection Act to ban imports of Mexican shrimp in an effort to save the critically endangered vaquita porpoise.
The Animal Welfare Institute, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Natural Resources Defense Council filed the suit in the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York City on 21 M… Read More
Canada’s East Coast snow crab fishery has had its sustainable catch certification suspended by the Marine Stewardship Council, the organization announced on 20 March. Until another audit occurs in October 2018, some Maritime snow crab will not be able to display the MSC label.
The suspension is directed to the crab fishery in Area 12, Sub-Areas 12E and 12F, which is the bulk of the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence below the St. Laurentian Chan… Read More
Costa Rica recently concluded the first complete evaluation of vessel activities in its waters, as part of efforts to combat illegal fishing.
The effort gathered information on more than 5,000 vessels, according to OceanMind, a nonprofit that provides monitoring, control and surveillance support, capacity building and intelligence to governments, fisheries authorities, and seafood supply chains globally.
With the aid of sophisticated techno… Read More
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is seeking to put in place a protocol for climate change adaption in fisheries and aquaculture before the start of this year's hurricane season.
Under an agreement signed with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the CRFM will oversee the development of a regional protocol that will integrate climate change adaptation and disaster risk management into the Caribbean Co… Read More
With abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) estimated to account for 70 percent (by weight) of floating microplastics debris in the open ocean and posing a considerable threat to ocean animals and fish stocks, Thai Union Group PCL has joined the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) with the promise to support efforts aimed at reducing the pollution problem.
While Thai Union does not own fishing fleets, Dr. Darian McBain, the seaf… Read More
The Organization of Associated Producers of Large Freezer Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC) announced it will invest a further EUR 3 million (USD 2.4 million) in the fishery improvement project it helped found in 2016.
OPAGAC is an amalgamation of nine Spanish companies that own tuna seiners. It created the FIP, which covers skipjack, bigeye, and yellowfin tuna caught via purse seine in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans, in conjunction with WWF.
Thus… Read More
Ned Daly is SeaWeb Program Director for The Ocean Foundation. This year, SeaWeb is helping to launch the Seafood Co-Lab, an annual competition in which multi-disciplinary teams (representing business, government, academic and/or the nonprofit sectors) tackle a sustainability challenge facing the seafood industry. Winners are chosen by the seafood community and receive a financial reward as well as logistical and technical support to implement the… Read More
A team of scientists, journalists, and food culture experts working on a project promoting sustainable seafood in Japan has won the first Seafood Co-Lab competition.
Organized by SeaWeb and the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, the competition seeks to encourage cross-sector collaboration to create innovation solutions to enhance the sustainability of seafood.
The winning project, Chefs for the Blue, was announced 12 March. It ne… Read More