Environment & Sustainability
The 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ended on Wednesday, 13 December without an agreement on a proposal to end fishing subsidies.
The intergovernmental organization, which regulates international trade among its 164 member countries, closed its biennial meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, considered two separate plans that would have addressed subsidized overcapacity in fishing fleets.
One plan would have prohibit… Read More
As pressure on fish stocks increases worldwide, countries are scaling up their military responses to threats posed by both local and foreign fleets fishing illegally in their territorial waters.
A Huffington Post article noted that Ecuador's navy and the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) have been patrolling the Galapagos Islands together for some years now in joint operations to combat illegal fishing there.
“Their collaboration did … Read More
With EU fisheries ministers gathering in Brussels to take part in the 2018 fishing quota negotiations, another group of U.K. actors and celebrities have joined the Fishlove campaign that is calling for an end to overfishing by appearing naked with fish from European seas.
Posing with a blonde ray, which Fishlove cites as an example of a species that is caught and discarded as by-catch, Oscar nominee and Harry Potter star, Imelda Staunton, said, &… Read More
A rash of deaths among endangered North Atlantic right whales in 2017 has put efforts to reduce whale mortality and ship strikes high on the public agenda.
Kathy Metcalf, president of the Chamber of Shipping of America, lead the discussion on ship strikes and marine mammals at the Sustainable Ocean Summit in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 30 November. Metcalf said she and her industry have been working to find solutions to the problem for 20 years. Over… Read More
Australia and Vietnam are to embark on an in-country public information campaign to educate Vietnamese fishers about the consequences of illegally fishing in Australian waters and the Pacific.
The campaign is being run by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), in partnership with the Vietnamese Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).
Australia’s Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Rusto… Read More
A project funded by the government of the United Kingdom to ensure that spiny lobster and conch fisheries in British overseas territories in the Caribbean are managed sustainably has been delayed for several months due to the recent hurricanes that pummeled the region.
The Darwin Plus project, to be administered by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in the British territories of Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, and t… Read More
European fisheries ministers need to fulfill the E.U. Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) obligation to follow scientific advice when negotiations to set 2018 fishing limits get underway next week if stocks are to be rebuilt to required levels, The Pew Charitable Trusts has insisted.
The December Fisheries Council will convene on 11 and 12 December in Brussels, Belgium, at which political agreements will be reached on the 2018 catch limits for the main… Read More
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation has announced that – for the first time – all of the companies participating in a voluntary movement have reached full compliance with measures designed to improve the long-term health of global tuna stocks.
The 28 companies participating in the movement represent about three-quarters of the canned tuna market worldwide. That includes such companies as Bumble Bee, General Tuna, StarK… Read More
An historic international agreement to prevent unregulated commercial fishing in the high seas of the central Arctic Ocean was signed in Washington, D.C., late last week.
The European Union, Canada, Russia, the United States, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Japan, China, and South Korea all signed on to the legally-binding agreement. The deal will protect 2.8 million square kilometers of international waters, and was reached following more than two yea… Read More
Open Blue cobia, which is farmed in Panama, has been upgraded to a “good alternative” by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch seafood sustainability rankings.
According to Open Blue, the cobia had previously not been recommended by the Seafood Watch program because of the feed ratio required to raise the fish. The company has been able to reduce the amount of fishmeal and fish oil used to raise its cobia, Open Blue Executive Vi… Read More