Environment & Sustainability
The Eastern Canada offshore sea scallop fishery and Ireland's North East Atlantic mackerel fishery are now engaged in the Marine Stewardship Council full assessment process.
Extending from Georges Bank to the Eastern Scotian Shelf and St. Pierre, the fishery, which uses New Bedford scallop rake fishing gear, has averaged 6,645 metric tons annually over the past six years and is valued at about $116.4 million.
In the full assessment… Read More
Marine Stewardship Council yesterday announced that the retail value of seafood products bearing the MSC eco-label is approaching $1 billion. This marks the second consecutive year of growth of around 100 percent in market value.
Demand for MSC-labeled products has exploded in the past year, reaching 1,600 products in June, representing 250 million items of labeled product sales. When the program started, it took seven years to reach 500… Read More
Fisheries officials in New Brunswick, Canada, and representatives from Darden Restaurants yesterday signed a pact to promote sustainable lobster harvests.
"There are too many fishermen chasing too small a resource," Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet told Canada's Telegraph-Journal. The two sides have committed to "habitat enhancement, lobster science and management measures."
The agreement in part supports a pilot lobster hatchery project in… Read More
The Chesapeake Bay blue crab population remained below the long-term average last year, according to a report released yesterday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Steering Committee.
The 2007 harvest of 43.5 million pounds was the lowest recorded since 1945.
The population of spawning-age blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus) in Chesapeake Bay in 2007-08 was 120 million crabs, down from 143 million in 2006-07.… Read More
Food and Wine magazine has announced the four winners of its Eco-Ocean Awards for their commitment to sustainable seafood.
Since 1989, North Atlantic Salmon Fund of Iceland has helped decrease salmon fishing in the Atlantic by 75 percent, raising and distributing about $40 million to fishermen who stop catching overfished Atlantic salmon. Additionally, the company helps the fishermen find new jobs.
CleanFish of San Francisco supports… Read More
The Marine Stewardship Council says that a change of clients is permitted and is not unprecedented under its sustainable-seafood certification program.
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) earlier this week asked the London-based nonprofit whether it could be replaced as the client for the Alaska salmon fisheries, which were first certified as sustainable in 2000 and recertified last November.
In a July 22 letter to MSC… Read More
The British Columbia provincial government on Tuesday committed $100,000 to help its commercial fisheries obtain Marine Stewardship Council certification to prove its fisheries are sustainable and well managed.
The London-based nonprofit says that within two to three years all of the province’s major commercial fisheries will either be certified as sustainable or in the full-assessment phase of the certification process.
"British… Read More
Washington Post food writer Ylan Mui reported in her blog today that Giant Food will stop selling shark, orange roughy and Chilean sea bass until the species' populations rebound.
The Landover, Md.-based retailer, with about 184 stores in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and Washington, D.C., will begin selling the more environmentally friendly longline Pacific cod instead.
The company's seafood buyers are also ranking their purchases on how… Read More
The Marine Stewardship Council on Monday launched its new fishery assessment method, which is designed to improve the quality and consistency of the London-based nonprofit's assessment process, used to certify fisheries and well managed and sustainable.
The previous method required independent certifiers to create an assessment tree for each fishery. The new method provides a default tree that will be used as the basis for all new… Read More
In a July 22 letter to Marine Stewardship Council CEO Rupert Howes, Alaska Fish & Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd said his agency is reviewing its status as an MSC client for the state's salmon fishery.
The ADF&G, said Lloyd, is in a unique position - it's the only fishery management agency serving as an MSC client and therefore does not benefit from the market penetration MSC-labeled seafood products, such as Alaska salmon, enjoy.
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