Environment & Sustainability
Canadian authorities are seeking to add greater flexibility to fishing regulations put in place to protect critically endangered North American right whales.
At an industry roundtable in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, on Tuesday, 23 October, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Coast Guard (DFO) Jonathan Wilkinson signaled a willingness to lessen the severe restrictions placed on various fisheries in 2018 to protect the whales.
In 2017, the death of… Read More
Thai Union Group PCL, Chicken of the Sea brand, and Monterey Bay Aquarium announced a new sustainability collaboration they’ve dubbed SeaChange IGNITE on 30 October.
The initiative, announced at the Our Ocean conference in Bali, Indonesia, will focus on advancing sustainability and improvements in the supply chain, contributing to Thai Union’s overall sustainability goals. Combined, the organizations are committing USD 73… Read More
Global Fishing Watch (GFW), the partnership between Google and the advocacy groups Oceana and SkyTruth, now features national vessel tracking data public from Peru.
Peru’s commercial fishing vessels can now be viewed by anyone, in real-time, for free on GFW’s map platform. Approximately 1,300 vessels or more from Peru’s industrial fleets, which went previously undetected, are visible on the public mapping interface – for… Read More
A federal judge last week ruled that NOAA Fisheries illegally withdrew a proposed rule that would have placed hard caps on bycatch of protected species caught in California’s swordfish drift gillnet fishery.
The decision by U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in the Central District Court of California does not immediately put the caps in place. However, his order on Wednesday, 24 October, requires NOAA Fisheries to either reinstate the… Read More
As social responsibility moves into a more central role in the seafood sustainability paradigm, many suppliers and distributors are stepping up to pledge allegiance to the cause, according to Oakland, California-based certifier Fair Trade USA.
Perhaps best known for its work with the coffee industry, Fair Trade USA has developed a leading market-based model for sustainable production, trade, and consumption, applicable to several… Read More
A U.S. Federal Court in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. has issued a ruling that is intended to protect salmon and steelhead trout in the Columbia River basin from rising water temperatures.
In the mile-long lakes created by hydropower dams on the rivers, the water temperature has often exceeded 70 degrees Fahrenheit for days at a time, though the Clean Water Act bars the temperature in the river from exceeding 68 degrees. Cold water species… Read More
With concerns growing over a likely bait shortage in the lobster industry in Maine and Canada due to a drastic cut in the upcoming season's herring quota, Nova Scotia resident Patrick Swim has a possible solution. Swim thinks he can solve the bait shortage by harvesting an invasive species.
Silver carp is one of the four species of the invasive Asian carp (silver, bighead, grass, and black) that have placed the Great Lakes water system at… Read More
U.K. seafood industry body Seafish and the newly-formed Global Seafood Assurances (GSA) have announced that Marcus Coleman, CEO of Seafish, is to join the board of GSA with immediate effect.
The announcement follows an agreement signed between the two organizations in April this year that GSA would be the new home for the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) from no later than May 2020, following a tender process.
A key priority for GSA… Read More
SeaChoice – a collaboration of the David Suzuki Foundation, Ecology Action Center, and Living Oceans Society – released a report on 18 October criticizing the Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s adherence to its Salmon Standard.
The NGO’s report claims that only a small portion of the salmon farms certified by the ASC meet its stipulated criteria. Variances on the standard were “changing its original intent and… Read More
Police in Spain arrested 79 people involved in illegally smuggling bluefin tuna from Italy and Malta into Spain – an operation that had been taking in an estimated EUR 12.5 million annually (EUR 14.4 million).
The 16 October operation, led by Europol, seized 80,000 kilos of bluefin tuna of illicit origin, in addition to EUR 500,000 (USD 575,000) in cash and jewelry, seven high-end vehicles collectively valued at more than EUR 600,000 (USD… Read More