Environment & Sustainability
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has announced new requirements designed to address concerns over the use of forced and child labor in the seafood industry.
Introduced as part of an update made to the MSC’s Chain of Custody Standard, the new rules require all MSC certificate-holders to undergo an audit of their labor practices and policies, with the exception of companies that show they are at lower risk of employing child or forced… Read More
U.K. retail giant Tesco has joined the Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP), the global platform for the voluntary declaration of seafood sourcing, and has published two seafood disclosures listing the main wild-catch fisheries that it sourced from in 2017 and 2018.
The disclosures also contain information on fishery management, catch method, and environmental impact of those fisheries.
In a statement, Tesco acknowledged that it has a crucial… Read More
Tri Marine affiliate National Fisheries Developments (NFD), Ltd., has been authorized to use the Fair Trade logo on its yellowfin and skipjack tuna sourced from the Solomon Islands, the company announced earlier this month.
Fair Trade certification was bestowed upon the Solomon Islands yellowfin and skipjack tuna fishery as of 14 March. NFD’s five medium-scale purse seiners and four pole-and-line vessels that source tuna from the… Read More
North Atlantic, Inc. and its subsidiary, Bali Seafood International (BSI), have introduced a worker empowerment initiative designed to improve the social responsibility of its seafood sourcing.
North Atlantic was founded with sustainability as a core principle of its business approach, owner Jerry Knecht said in a recent SeafoodSource interview. The Workplace Agreements for Ethical Seafood (WAES) initiative, announced during a workshop on 18… Read More
On 5 March, Regal Springs announced the launch of its “WE CARE” sustainability initiative alongside the debut of their new product, “Naturally Better Tilapia.”
The company has long been known for its tilapia products, which it currently grows in farms in Mexico, Honduras, and Indonesia. The WE CARE program – which represents an investment of USD 3 million (EUR 2.6 million) – was, in part, created to maintain a… Read More
Sustainable seafood consultancy and non-profit FishWise launched the Roadmap for Improving Seafood Ethics (RISE) website during Seafood Expo North America 2019, with the goal of creating a resource to streamline guidance and actionable steps seafood companies can take to understand the labor conditions throughout their supply chains.
The platform, which was developed in partnership with the seafood industry and leading conservation and… Read More
U.K. government has backed plans by Ascension Island to designate over 150,000 square miles of its waters as a fully protected "no-take" marine protected area (MPA), thereby closing the off-shore area to any fishing activity.
When protected, the new no-take zone around Ascension Island will bring the total percentage of MPAs in U.K. territorial waters, Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies to over 50 percent.
Ascension Island, one of the… Read More
The latest Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Good Fish Guide ratings have confirmed a lack of movement for United Kingdom fisheries in terms of newcomers to the “best choice” list and those moving off the “fish to avoid” list. The charity describes the findings as “hugely disappointing.”
The organization added that without strong post-Brexit fisheries management, more could become red-rated (fish to… Read More
The Indonesian Pole & Line and Handline Fisheries Association (AP2HI), along with the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, celebrated the launch of a new Indonesian “one-by-one” tuna brand on 18 March during Seafood Expo North America 2019.
The new brand – which has the combined efforts of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF) behind it… Read More
The Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability, an international, business-to-business platform established to create and promote one unified framework for optimal traceability practices for the seafood industry, is teaming up with the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS), the organizations announced at Seafood Expo North America on Sunday, 17 March.
The two pre-competitive initiatives are both dedicated to improving the sustainability… Read More