Environment & Sustainability
The National Fisheries Institute warned its members yesterday that Greenpeace will soon re-release a report ranking U.S. retailers according to their sustainable seafood purchasing policies.
Titled "Carting Away the Oceans: How Grocery Stores are Emptying the Seas," the report, originally released in June, gave all 20 retailers on the list received a failing grade. Supervalu, Trader Joe's, Meijer, H.E. Butt and Price Chopper were at the… Read More
The Fifteen restaurant in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, announced today that it will serve wild fish certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council of London.
The restaurant, one of a chain of four owned by British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, will serve Alaska salmon, South Africa hake, Hastings Dover sole and American albacore tuna with the blue MSC eco-label. Fifteen restaurants are also located in London and Cornwall, England, and… Read More
Fisheries production in the Central Asian and Caucasus republics has plummeted dramatically in the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union and today the region's fishing and aquaculture sectors are in a state of crisis, the Food and Agriculture Organization warned today.
FAO member countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Turkey are meeting in Tajikistan this week to… Read More
Greenpeace today littered eight Toronto-area Loblaws stores with yellow crime scene tape and posters containing the message "caught red-handed selling red list fish" as part of a nationwide campaign targeting retailers it says are marketing seafood species harvested or farmed in an unsustainable and environmentally destructive manner.
Greenpeace says Loblaws, Canada's largest supermarket chain, sells 14 of the 15 species on the NGO's "red… Read More
An international coalition of conservation organizations is urging the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) to instill measures to save Eastern Pacific tuna stocks.
IATTC, the 16-nation body charged with the conservation and management of tuna and associated species in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, will meet in San Diego from Nov. 2 to 7 to consider conservation measures for vulnerable tuna populations.
The coalition… Read More
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
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
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
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