Environment & Sustainability

Published on
August 29, 2018

The United States Agency of International Development’s (USAID) Oceans and Fisheries Partnership led a business roundtable discussing sustainable and traceable fisheries in Southeast Asia, and how private sector commitments could benefit the region. 

The gathering, which took place in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., was organized by the U.S. Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia. Titled “Oceans Dialogue: Expanding

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Ben Fisher

Published on
August 29, 2018

Photos that circulated earlier in August of J-35 – the name given to a Puget Sound resident orca who kept her dead calf afloat for more than two weeks – left a lasting impression on many in the Seattle area, who wondered what they could do to help the pod, many of whom are malnourished due to a lack of salmon in their habitat. 

The answer has come to some quicker than expected: Some Seattle-area restaurants have stopped serving

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Jewel Fraser

Published on
August 27, 2018

A formerly traditional barter system in Ghana, where bycatch was exchanged for farm produce, has become a highly lucrative backdoor transaction system overseen by Chinese-backed trawlers, threatening the livelihoods of traditional fishers.

Industrial trawlers operating in Ghana's water and manned by Chinese crew are heavily involved in a practice known as saiko, Environmental Justice Foundation Executive Director Steve Trent told SeafoodSource.

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Christine Blank

Published on
August 24, 2018

Trident Seafoods was fined more than USD 43,000 (EUR 37,000) for wastewater violations, for the third time since 2015 in Oregon alone.

Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality issued USD 43,200 (EUR 37,300) worth of fines for violations at the supplier’s surimi factory in Newport, Oregon. 

Trident was also fined nearly USD 300,000 (EUR 259,000) earlier this year to settle a complaint levied by the United States Environmental

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
August 23, 2018

Japan’s Usufuku Honten Co. Ltd. – located in Kesen-numa, Miyagi Prefecture – has entered its bluefin tuna fishery into assessment under the Marine Stewardship Council’s Fisheries Standard. It will be the first bluefin tuna fishery in the world to undergo MSC assessment, according to a press release from the prominent global certification body. 

Independent auditors from Control Union Pesca Ltd. will conduct the

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Cliff White

Published on
August 21, 2018

Acidification of the marine environment is shrinking the size of Sydney rock oysters, a new report has found. 

The oysters, an iconic delicacy endemic to the waters of Australia and New Zealand, are getting smaller due to coastal acidification, according to a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) study completed by Scottish and Australian scientists. NERC is the United Kingdom’s main agency for funding and managing research,

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Cliff White

Published on
August 17, 2018

Stavanger, Norway-based feed and fingerling producer Skretting has committed to a community development project in Zambia, in south-central Africa.

Skretting will provide a cooperative group of 45 tilapia farmers in the Mpulungu region in the north of Zambia with fingerlings and feed, with the goal of improving local livelihoods and income.

“For a long time, farmers in Zambia have had the challenge of getting good quality fingerlings and

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Christine Blank

Published on
August 17, 2018

A majority of consumers globally say that price is more important than sustainability when making their seafood purchasing decisions, according to a new survey from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

The recent MSC consumer survey, conducted by GlobeScan, included more than 25,000 participants across 22 countries. There were some key shifts in the findings of the latest survey compared to the first study of its kind, which MSC conducted in

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Christine Blank

Published on
August 16, 2018

Whole Foods Market, Hy-Vee, and ALDI were ranked the top three sustainable seafood retailers by Greenpeace.

In its annual “Carting Away the Oceans” report, the NGO found that United States grocery retailers have “vastly improved” on providing sustainable seafood. Overall, 90 percent of retailers profiled received passing scores.

However, Greenpeace also said that most retailers are failing to take significant action on

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Nicki Holmyard

Published on
August 15, 2018

Spain’s seafood industry is being helped to work towards a more sustainable and responsible supply chain by environmental law group ClientEarth, following the success of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) in the United Kingdom, which it initiated. 

The SSC aimed to promote and support responsible and sustainable fish and seafood consumption, inform the public debate on seafood, and influence change in policy relevant to seafood

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