Environment & Sustainability
EU fisheries ministers meeting in Luxembourg yesterday were close to agreement on measures needed to protect bluefin tuna stocks in the Mediterranean Sea and eastern Atlantic Ocean.
EU nations are expected to reduce fishing quotas for the threatened species when the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) meets next month in Marrakech, Morocco.
"We are all agreed that we must reduce production and preserve… Read More
The scientific committee of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is calling for a 50 percent reduction in the Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna quota beginning in 2009.
ICCAT will review the quota at its annual meeting in Morocco from Nov. 17 to 24.
According to a report the regulatory agency released late last week, about 61,000 tons of tuna, including illegal and unreported catches,… Read More
One of China's most important fishing areas is shrinking despite the efforts of government officials to reverse its decline.
Nearly $146 million was spent three years ago to tackle pollution in Qingdao's Jiaozhou Bay, Shandong province.
But provincial fishing authorities admitted last week that the money has failed to reverse a steep decline in its ecological condition, requiring more remedial measures.
The Shandong Fishery Bureau says… Read More
Today marks the official release of three - count 'em, three - sustainable sushi buyer guides, a collaboration of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Blue Ocean Institute and Environmental Defense Fund.
You might be asking, "Why three guides instead of one, unified voice?" I recently posed that very question to each group while working on the November issue of SeaFood Business, our inaugural Sustainable Seafood Buyers Guide. After all, the three… Read More
A panel of federal appellate judges will decide whether the government should count hatchery-raised salmon and steelhead when considering the fish populations for protection under the Endangered Species Act, the Associated Press reported today.
Lawyers for the building industry and farm and property rights groups asked Monday that the judges undo the listings of 16 West Coast salmon and steelhead populations under the ESA, arguing that thanks… Read More
Greenpeace yesterday renewed its plea for a more precautionary approach to managing the Alaska pollock fishery after a National Marine Fisheries Service stock assessment revealed that the Alaska pollock population dropped 50 percent from 2007 to 2008.
In a press release, Greenpeace called the results of the stock assessment "startling" and warned that the Bering Sea ecosystem including whales, fur seals and Steller sea lions may be at risk of… Read More
Jesus Emmanuel Paras, Philippines agriculture undersecretary, announced to the local press last week that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources would embark on a bluefin tuna management program. But members of the local fishing industry question whether the water temperature and capital needed for tuna ranching would be sufficient.
The program would substitute tuna ranching for traditional wild harvests. Tuna ranching refers to… Read More
Commercial fishing in British Columbia is contributing to a decline in sockeye salmon populations unseen in other areas of the world, an environmental group contends in a report released yesterday.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature of Geneva recommends halting commercial sockeye fisheries and forgoing an artificial spawning program. The group says sockeye populations in Russia and Alaska are thriving, but B.C. stocks… Read More
The U.S. seafood industry should make better use of seafood byproducts for economic and environmental benefits, said a market consultant at last month's Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy in Vancouver, British Columbia.
"The United States as a whole should be doing a much better collective effort utilizing its seafood byproduct waste to create value-added products," says Steve Dillingham, founder and principal of… Read More
One of China's biggest seafood-producing provinces has launched ambitious energy-saving and pollution-control measures.
Northeastern Shandong's Fishery Bureau recently announced it would reduce pollution by 2010 and promote energy saving and zoology fish breeding technology.
The announcement comes after a green algae bloom affected its port city of Qingdao prior to this summer's Olympic sailing events, requiring the efforts of thousands of… Read More