Environment & Sustainability

Published on
March 22, 2019

On 5 March, Regal Springs announced the launch of its “WE CARE” sustainability initiative alongside the debut of their new product, “Naturally Better Tilapia.”

The company has long been known for its tilapia products, which it currently grows in farms in Mexico, Honduras, and Indonesia. The WE CARE program – which represents an investment of USD 3 million (EUR 2.6 million) – was, in part, created to maintain a

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
March 22, 2019

Sustainable seafood consultancy and non-profit FishWise launched the Roadmap for Improving Seafood Ethics (RISE) website during Seafood Expo North America 2019, with the goal of creating a resource to streamline guidance and actionable steps seafood companies can take to understand the labor conditions throughout their supply chains.

The platform, which was developed in partnership with the seafood industry and leading conservation and

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Jason Holland

Published on
March 20, 2019

U.K. government has backed plans by Ascension Island to designate over 150,000 square miles of its waters as a fully protected "no-take" marine protected area (MPA), thereby closing the off-shore area to any fishing activity.

When protected, the new no-take zone around Ascension Island will bring the total percentage of MPAs in U.K. territorial waters, Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies to over 50 percent.

Ascension Island, one of the

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Jason Holland

Published on
March 19, 2019

The latest Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Good Fish Guide ratings have confirmed a lack of movement for United Kingdom fisheries in terms of newcomers to the “best choice” list and those moving off the “fish to avoid” list. The charity describes the findings as “hugely disappointing.”

The organization added that without strong post-Brexit fisheries management, more could become red-rated (fish to

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Published on
March 19, 2019

The Indonesian Pole & Line and Handline Fisheries Association (AP2HI), along with the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, celebrated the launch of a new Indonesian “one-by-one” tuna brand on 18 March during Seafood Expo North America 2019.

The new brand – which has the combined efforts of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF) behind it

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Cliff White

Published on
March 18, 2019

The Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability, an international, business-to-business platform established to create and promote one unified framework for optimal traceability practices for the seafood industry, is teaming up with the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS), the organizations announced at Seafood Expo North America on Sunday, 17 March.

The two pre-competitive initiatives are both dedicated to improving the sustainability

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
March 18, 2019

A bipartisan group of congressmen has unveiled a bill that seeks to save the critically North Atlantic right whale.

H.R. 1568, or the Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered (SAVE) Right Whales Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton earlier this month, would provide up to USD 5 million (EUR 4.4 million) in grants annually for the next 10 years to develop technology that would reduce the mortality rates for the species.

Some of the grant

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Published on
March 17, 2019

Legit Fish, a Boston, Massachusetts-based traceability company, is launching a new traceability technology at Seafood Expo North America. 

The company, which has partnered with the BASE Auction Company, is unveiling its new tool on 17 March at their SENA19 booth, 289. According to a release from the company, the system will enable vessels to “hail quantities into the auction that can be sold via a real-time cloud-based platform, with

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
March 17, 2019

At the opening of the 2019 Seafood Expo North America today in Boston, Massachusetts, SeaWeb, and Diversified Communications announced the 17 finalists in the running for 2019 Seafood Champion Awards.

Representative of a diverse cross-section of individuals, governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and seafood companies from around the world, this year’s finalists “exemplify the incredible work being

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Cliff White

Published on
March 15, 2019

Nonprofit seafood sustainability consultancy FishWise has released a report providing suggestions for ways seafood companies can improve vessel monitoring and transparency.

The report, “Open Water: Guidance on Vessel Transparency for Seafood Companies,” recommends companies obtain an International Maritime Organization (IMO) number for each fishing vessel, be proactive in transferring data to public vessel lists, and support the

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