Environment & Sustainability

Published on
May 24, 2019

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has ordered the state’s Department of Transportation to set aside USD 175 million (EUR 156.5 million) for culvert repairs to aid the state’s salmon population.

A federal judge in 2013 ordered Washington state to fix its culverts, the under-roadway pipes that block migrating fish, but this year’s state budget allocated only USD 100 million (EUR 89.4 million) to the project.

Inslee directed

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
May 23, 2019

On Sunday, 9 June, the Sustainable Oceans Leadership Institute (SOLI) program will be hosting a preview workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, just before the kickoff of the 2019 SeaWeb Seafood Summit, produced by Diversified Communications in partnership with SeaWeb. 

Those who participate in the workshop will spend the day visiting seafood production facilities in the region and exploring how climate change is effecting the industry and local

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Brian Hagenbuch

Published on
May 21, 2019

The Alaska Superior Court dismissed on Friday, 17 May, a lawsuit against the Bristol Bay Regional Development Association (BBRSDA) that claimed the organization was misusing tax dollars to oppose Pebble Mine, a proposed open-pit copper and gold mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska, home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon run.

Six Bristol Bay fishermen, all members of BBRSDA, filed the lawsuit on 1 April, 2019. A spokesperson for the mine’s

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Ned Daly

Published on
May 21, 2019

The fifth annual Tokyo Seafood Symposium will see the event expanded to two days and include the launch of the inaugural Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Award, the event’s organizers announced recently.

The award recognizes and celebrates leaders who have contributed to Japan’s sustainable seafood movement with two categories: 1) the Collaboration category, focused on pre-competitive collaboration between multi-stakeholder groups, and 2)

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
May 20, 2019

A diverse group of seafood sustainability advocates, leaders, and stakeholders will convene in Bangkok, Thailand next month for the 15th edition of the SeaWeb Seafood Summit, for what promises to be the most experiential iteration of the event yet, according to conference organizer Diversified Communications. 

Taking place from 10 to 14 June at the Shangri-La Hotel, the 2019 SeaWeb Seafood Summit will feature new SeaWeb Seafood Summit

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
May 20, 2019

More scrupulous fisheries companies with brands and reputations to protect are increasingly distancing themselves from the abusive practices and non-compliance of rogue players in the industry.

Despite that, with global fish stocks tightening, laborers have suffered at the hands of unscrupulous operators seeking to retain a competitive advantage.

Western retailers have been turning to certification bodies and inspection agencies to assess the

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Bernadette Carreon

Published on
May 17, 2019

To celebrate World Tuna Day, Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr. on 1 May signed a presidential directive calling for a “national commitment to reduce pressure on the reef, promote locally produce foods.” 

Under the directive, all government food service systems must serve pelagic fish such as tuna, with reef fish no longer allowed to be served at any government event or by any government-backed foodservice system. 

In his

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Published on
May 17, 2019

Despite an order from the U.S. Supreme Court, the state of Washington is not spending enough to fix culverts in a way that allows spawning fish to migrate up streams.

A federal judge in 2013 ordered Washington State to fix its culverts, the under-roadway pipes that block migrating fish, but this year’s state budget allocated only USD 100 million (EUR 89.4 million) to the project, about one-third of what Washington Governor Jay Inslee said

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Colin Bennett

Published on
May 16, 2019

The government of Chile has signed an agreement to make its national vessel tracking data publicly available through the Global Fishing Watch (GFW) map in order to improve transparency for its fishing industry.

In a joint statement made by Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca), international conservation group Oceana and the GFW, officials confirmed that tracking information on more than 1,500 commercial vessels

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Published on
May 15, 2019

West Coast fishing communities earned millions of dollars from a trial program allowing fishermen to cash in on rebounding rockfish populations, NOAA announced last month.  

Exempted fishing permits (EFPs) were granted to a number of vessels under the trial period, which brought in almost 14 million pounds of fish, with the aim being taking some of the strain off overfished species such as salmon. The catch brought in USD 5.5 million

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