Environment & Sustainability

Published on
November 21, 2018

The board of directors of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has voted to transition its sustainable fisheries certification scheme, the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification, out of the organization.

The Alaska RFM was created by ASMI and other Alaskan entities in 2010 as an alternative to the Marine Stewardship Council sustainability certification, and ASMI took over sole proprietorship of the certification in 2015.

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
November 20, 2018

Conservationists left Croatia on Monday, 19 November, expressing disappointment that the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna did not pass any measure to protect the stock of bigeye tuna.

Instead, commission members ended their meeting in Croatia's capital of Dubrovnik maintaining the status quo; a catch limit of 65,000 metric tons for the 2019 season, despite an ICCAT scientific committee reporting that the Atlantic

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Published on
November 16, 2018

Last week, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officially moved to cancel the state’s wild oyster season, which would have run from November through April.

Exploratory dives at oyster harvesting grounds had revealed a continued steep decline in the number of oysters in the state’s waters. Last year’s season was curtailed after fishermen harvested just 136 110-pound sacks of oysters, down from 7,000

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Brian Hagenbuch

Published on
November 13, 2018

Last winter, something unprecedented happened in Alaska. For the first time on record, there was no sea ice in the northern Bering Sea, and biologists are now scrambling to figure out how that will affect scores of area fisheries – from crab to salmon to rockfish to various pelagic stocks – in the coming years. 

Because there are few fisheries in the northern Bering Sea, historically it has not been subject to as much surveying

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
November 8, 2018

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is preparing a campaign to recruit chefs from across the country to lobby the U.S. Congress to support measures that would hold fisheries accountable for overfishing and call for science-based decision making in the management process.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium advocates for greater sustainability in the seafood industry and operates the Seafood Watch initiative, which categorizes seafood items into one of three

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
November 8, 2018

At the Our Ocean 2018 conference held last week in Indonesia, the United States pledged its support for 15 initiatives that would affect fishing communities across the globe.

In addition, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Indonesian Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti during the two-day conference in Bali to reaffirm their nations’ commitment to encourage sustainable fisheries management worldwide.

Kerry, who also served

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
November 8, 2018

In a remarkable turnaround over the past several years, China has shifted from prioritizing production and value in its domestic seafood sector to placing a greater emphasis on the environment.

China’s government has begun an unprecedented clean-up of the country’s chaotic and fragmented aquaculture sector. In the latest in a slew of environmental enforcement actions that have ramped up over the past year, thousands of tons of fry

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Chris Chase

Published on
November 5, 2018

The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) – an alliance of business, nonprofit, and government organizations – announced on 31 October that it plans to create a “Seafood Stewardship Index” to rank the top 30 largest seafood companies against the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

The UN’s SDGs, a set of 17 goals for 2030, includes a range of objectives and issues, including environmental sustainability,

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Published on
November 2, 2018

The Federated States of Micronesia announced a shift to 100 percent transparency in its tuna fishery at the 2018 Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia, in late October.

Transparency in the country’s fishing industry will be achieved by 2023 through the use of electronic monitoring and human observer coverage in all industrial fishing vessels operating in Micronesia’s territorial waters, Micronesia President Peter Christian said in

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Brad Warren and Julia Sanders | Global Ocean Health

Published on
November 2, 2018

Brad Warren is the executive director of Global Ocean Health, a program of the National Fisheries Conservation Center, a nonprofit focused on the issue of ocean acidification. He writes on behalf of the Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.-based Working Group on Seafood and Energy, which includes Erling Skaar, owner of the F/V North American and GenTech Global; Pete Knutson of Loki Fish Co.; Matt Marinkovich of Matt’s Fresh Fish; Amy

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