Environment & Sustainability
The environmental group Oceana said yesterday that bluefin tuna fishing in the Mediterranean continues despite the European Commission's decision last week to halt this year's Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna harvest to prevent overfishing.
Vessels flying the flags of Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy and Malta were prohibited from catching bluefin tuna as of June 16, and a ban for Spanish vessel went into effect yesterday. The… Read More
Three days after releasing reports ranking U.S. and Canadian retailers by their sustainable seafood purchasing policies and urging them to stop selling species on its "red list," Greenpeace is watching "closely" to see how retailers react to the reports, says Greenpeace spokesman John Hocevar.
"[Though] many supermarkets [chains] have focused their sustainability initiatives in other areas, such as reducing their waste streams or their… Read More
Norway's North Sea and North East Arctic saithe harvests became the country's first fisheries, and the world's first saithe fisheries, to be certified as well managed and sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.
Now more than 120 fisheries are engaged in the MSC program - 30 are certified, 72 are undergoing assessment and another 20 to 30 are in confidential pre-assessment, says the London-based nonprofit.
Four other Norwegian… Read More
The National Fisheries Institute is warning U.S. retailers to be prepared for Greenpeace demonstrations publicizing the reports it released yesterday evaluating U.S. and Canadian retailers' sustainable seafood purchasing policies.
The reports are part of a sustainable seafood campaign the eco-activist group launched earlier this year.
After introducing a similar campaign in Europe, Greenpeace activists protested at supermarkets, unfurling… Read More
Greenpeace today released a 56-page report criticizing Canadian retailers for failing to implement adequate sustainable seafood purchasing policies and thus protect the marine environment.
Titled "Out of Stock: Supermarkets and the Future of Seafood," the report targets Canada's eight largest supermarket chains - Loblaws, Sobey's, Metro, Wal-Mart, Costco, Safeway, Overwaitea and Federated Cooperatives - for selling "red list" species that are… Read More
Supervalu, Trader Joe's, Meijer, H.E. Butt, Price Chopper and Publix are among the 20 U.S. supermarket chains at the bottom of a list Greenpeace released today ranking retailers according to their sustainable seafood purchasing policies.
In the report, titled "Carting Away the Oceans: How Grocery Stores are Emptying the Seas," the eco-activist group says most retailers aren't doing nearly enough to implement sustainable seafood purchasing… Read More
The Marine Stewardship Council's on-again, off-again relationship with aquaculture came to an end Monday when it announced that its board of trustees decided not to pursue adding farmed seafood to its sustainable seafood certification program.
The London-based nonprofit has been on the fence about aquaculture for years. In November 2006, its board voted not to include farmed seafood in its certification program. Then in February, it reneged,… Read More
The Marine Stewardship Council and independent fisheries and environmental consultants MacAlister Elliot and Partners (MEP) are collaborating on a pilot project to promote MSC-labeled seafood products to the foodservice industry.
The project, funded by the U.K. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, aims to make chain-of-custody audits more accessible to restaurants as part of a global MSC campaign to promote sustainable seafood in… Read More
Numbers of northeastern offshore spotted dolphins and eastern spinner dolphins in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean are increasing after being severely depleted by tuna purse seine nets, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported late last week.
Between 1960 and 1990, the two dolphin populations fell 80 and 70 percent, respectively, when caught accidentally by tuna purse seine nets. Severe restrictions on fishing gear have… Read More
The Northeast Fisheries Science Center yesterday released a study that shows chemical contaminants like PCBs and DDT are present in deep-sea species such as octopods and squids, the primary food sources for whales and other predators.
A variety of contaminants were found in nine species of cephalopods by researcher Michael Vacchione and colleagues at the National Marine Fisheries Service's National Systematics Laboratory, as well as George… Read More