Environment & Sustainability
The National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council announced on 18 December that Brice Phillips, the director of club store sales at Phillips Foods, was elected as the new chairman.
Phillips has immediately taken over as chair of the 10-year-old council, which promotes and finances blue swimming crab sustainability efforts across the globe. The funds – provided through grants by the World Bank, Walton Family Foundation, the Gordon… Read More
The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council has adopted a new ecosystem-based plan to manage Alaska’s Bering Sea, where climate change is affecting coastal communities and commercial fisheries.
The Bering Sea is among the world’s most productive regions for seafood, but warming water temperatures and a lack of sea ice over recent years have forced the NPFMC to consider new approaches to its management of the sea’s… Read More
An appeal against “dolphin-safe” label standards by Mexico was denied by the World Trade Organization on 14 December, ending a legal battle that lasted over a decade.
The legal process began on 24 October, 2008, when Mexico disputed U.S. rules on the labeling of tuna as dolphin-safe on the grounds that the new standards unfairly discriminated against Mexico. Specifically, the evidence required to receive a dolphin-safe label… Read More
At the 15th Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. last week, member-states agreed to a series of measures designed to improve the sustainability of highly migratory fish stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean and set higher standards for labor conditions in the fishery.
Representatives of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Parties to the Nauru Agreement praised the… Read More
Non-compliance with federal labeling laws is rampant at Spanish fish markets, a new study by environmental nonprofit law organization ClientEarth has found.
Mandatory seafood labeling regulations are being breached throughout the supply chain, and Spanish authorities are not exerting sufficient regulatory pressure to combat the problem, ClientEarth said.
“This breach of the law is unacceptable. The public authorities must be aware of the… Read More
A new report released by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership on 12 December indicates that the world’s farmed shrimp production has lingering sustainability concerns with little improvement likely on the horizon.
The new report, which is a part of SFP’s “Target 75” initiative, classifies just 8.8 percent of the global production of farmed shrimp as “improving,” and none is classified as sustainable… Read More
South Australia’s sardine fishery has become the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere to be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for sustainable fishing.
Independent auditing body MRAG Americas, Inc. conducted the assessment of the fishery, which celebrated its MSC approval on 6 December in Port Lincoln, South Australia, with an event for association members and stakeholders. The fishery is the third in South… Read More
The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership released its annual report on shelf-stable tuna on 10 December, and it indicates that almost half of the sector is being sustainably sourced or improving with potential for more in the near-feature.
The report, which is part of SFP’s Target 75 Initiative, showed that 41.1 percent of global production of shelf-stable tuna is considered either sustainable or improving, with avenues for increasing… Read More
Nine environmental organizations filed suit against the federal government on Tuesday, 11 December, in an attempt to block seismic air gun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean.
The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in South Carolina, comes less than two weeks after NOAA Fisheries approved permits for five companies to use air guns as part of a surveying process that could lead to offshore oil and gas drilling. The permits allow their use between… Read More
Despite having had five years to implement measures in the latest version of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), European Union member states are still lagging behind and likely to miss important 2020 deadlines on biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries management, a new report from WWF claims.
The NGO said that member state efforts to implement the CFP are “deeply unsatisfactory” and national ocean strategies have so far… Read More