Environment & Sustainability

Published on
February 8, 2019

The federal government has about 10 weeks before it must establish a new catch limit for an anchovy fishery in northern California, and as time winds down, discussions about the fishery’s future are ramping up.

However, the talk regarding the future of the northern anchovy’s central sub-population isn’t just about a new limit.

“It’s time to bring anchovy management into the 21st century by updating catch limits each

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Cliff White

Published on
February 8, 2019

A new collaboration between the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and the environmental nonprofit FishChoice will result in members of its supplier program becoming Ocean Disclosure Project participants.

FishChoice, which encourages seafood suppliers to publicly share information – including product sources, certifications, and sustainability ratings – has named the Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP) as its newest Sustainable Seafood

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Jason Holland

Published on
February 8, 2019

Even though the United Kingdom led lobbying for the introduction of the European Union-wide ban on the practice of discarding unwanted fish at sea, the country has so far failed to implement or enforce the resultant Landing Obligation, finds a new report published by the House of Lords E.U. Energy and Environment Sub-Committee.

The Landing Obligation was designed to put an end to an estimated 1.7 million metric tons (MT) of fish annually being

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Nicki Holmyard

Published on
February 7, 2019

University of Exeter researchers, studying the DNA of shark products sold in fishmongers, fish and chip shops, and Asian wholesalers in England, believe they have uncovered serious cases of mislabeling and a potential trade in critically endangered species.

However, their findings have been largely dismissed by the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), which said in a statement that the fish sold in fish and chip outlets is all legally

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
February 5, 2019

The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) has expanded into China through a new affiliated partnership with China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPPMA), GSSI announced on 4 February. 

CAPPMA has become the first Chinese organization to join the GSSI Global Partnership. The national non-profit industrial organization, which is committed to enhancing the business operations of its 1,800 members hailing from

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Cliff White

Published on
February 5, 2019

The Marine Stewardship Council, one of the largest seafood-focused eco-labeling schemes in the world, is reviewing its standards and processes with the dual aims of increasing its effectiveness and addressing perceptions of inadequacies in how its system works.

The London, United Kingdom-based organization currently certifies more than 300 fisheries with a combined annual seafood production of 12 million metric tons, representing 15 percent of

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Ben Fisher

Published on
February 4, 2019

The combination of climate change and dams on the Snake and Columbia Rivers has raised the summer temperature of the rivers by nearly three degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius), according to a new report released by the Environmental Protection Agency.  

As a result, the temperatures of the rivers during the warm months of the year have sometimes exceeded 70 degrees Fahrenheit, which has killed migrating salmon. The reservoirs

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
February 1, 2019

Jane Bi is the Asia business development officer at the Global Aquaculture Alliance, a Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S.A. nonprofit that operates the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party seafood eco-certification program. BAP certification promotes “science-based and continuously improved performance standards” for the aquaculture supply chain from farms to feed mills and processors. 

Originally from China, Bi has worked

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Cliff White

Published on
February 1, 2019

The end of 2018 contained more dark news for the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, as scientists finding that the species decline had quickened.

An estimate by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) brought the total population count of the species to a maximum total of 411 individuals remaining, with as few as 100 of those remaining being females of breeding age. That news came on top of already grim

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
February 1, 2019

North East Atlantic mackerel caught after 2 March will no longer be considered Marine Stewardship Council-certified, as the certifier is suspending its approval of the fishery. 

Four certificates for fisheries spanning eight countries will be impacted by the suspension, the MSC said. The decision was driven by the revelation that the North East Atlantic mackerel stock had fallen below a precautionary threshold, with catches remaining higher

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