Environment & Sustainability
Political instability and a dearth of resources is affecting Brazil’s ability to regulate its soybean sector, an investigation by Aarhus, Denmark-based aquafeed firm BioMar has found.
The company initiated its investigation following a report issued by the Rainforest Foundation and the non-governmental organization Future in our Hands that implicated Brazilian soybean producers Caramuru, Selecta, and Imcopa of alleged illegal… Read More
A new cookbook released in the United States by the nonprofit Green Crab R&D is aiming to change the invasive European green crab from a liability to a boon.
European green crabs have been on the East Coast of the U.S. for over a century, but warming waters and milder winters have caused the species to steadily gain in population and territory in the last decade. Maine, in particular, has been feeling the effects of the small… Read More
Sustainable whaling and sealing are fully in line with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 14 – to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development,” according to Faroese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Poul Michelsen.
Michelsen spoke at the opening of the 27th annual meeting of the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (NAMMCO), which took place 3 to 4… Read More
Members of the Ocean Friendly Restaurants program in the United States are now getting a hand from the FishChoice platform to help ensure their seafood is sustainable.
The more than 440 members of the Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants Program agree to actively seek to reduce their plastic waste and do their best to serve sustainable seafood.
While many of the eateries in the Ocean Friendly Restaurants program serve… Read More
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, together with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, are attempting to loosen water pollution standards in areas where fish spawn, according to Alaska Public Media.
The rule change, initially proposed in 2006, would alter how the state enforces the Clean Water Act, which is the main tool used by federal agencies to regulate water standards. The change are designed to assist the… Read More
Opposition is growing to a renewed effort to launch a massive mining project near Bristol Bay, Alaska, home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon run.
Mining conglomerate Pebble Limited Partnership applied for a permit in December 2017 for an open pit copper, gold, and molybdenum mine that would sit near critical headwaters that feed the Bristol Bay fishery. Opponents say the Pebble Mine would undermine the area's pristine… Read More
A draft assessment on Pacific sardine by NOAA Fisheries shows the stock remains overfished, which could lead to it remaining closed for commercial fishermen.
Officials estimate the sardine biomass will be 27,547 metric tons by this July, well below the 150,000 metric ton biomass necessary to reopen the stock for fishing. Anything less than 50,000 metric tons is considered overfished.
Sardines, a forage fish that serves as prey to a multitude of… Read More
Global seafood supplier Thai Union Group has become the exclusive platinum sponsor of the 2019 SeaWeb Seafood Summit, event organizers Diversified Communications and SeaWeb announced on 3 April.
Taking place from 10 to 14 June at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, this year brings about the 15th edition of the summit, a premier seafood sustainability conference offering stakeholders from all facets of the movement an array of… Read More
Five new members have been appointed to the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Board of Trustees, the certification organization announced on 2 April.
The new board members hail from the retail, fishing, and conservation sectors, and include: David Lock, the chairman of Western Australian fishing company Mareterram Ltd.; Giles Bolton, the responsible sourcing director for Tesco plc; Maria Damanaki, the global managing director for… Read More
Three different recreational fishing groups filed a formal objection against the Marine Stewardship Council certifying Omega Protein and the Atlantic menhaden fishery.
The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, American Sportfishing Association, and the Coastal Conservation Association all signed onto the objection filed with the MSC. SAI Global, one of the leading certification bodies for the MSC, recently recommended that the… Read More