Environment & Sustainability
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has removed California and Oregon wild salmon from its Seafood Watch guide of sustainable seafood species.
Updated this month, the guide categorizes species as "best choices" (green), "good alternatives" (yellow) and "avoid" (red) according to whether a fishery is well managed or fish farming is environmentally friendly.
This year, the California and Oregon salmon fisheries were closed due to the collapse of the… Read More
Climate change will have a strong impact on fisheries and aquaculture, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization said this week during a four-day scientific symposium at its Rome headquarters.
Comprising more than 200 scientists and policymakers from around the world, the event addressed the challenges that climate change poses to fisheries and aquaculture and the people who depend on them for food and income.
According to the… Read More
Friend of the Sea, an aquaculture certification organization based in Spain, this week recognized the sustainability accreditation of kingfish and mulloway farmed by Clean Seas Tuna of Port Lincoln, Australia.
Clean Seas CEO Hagen Stehr says the honor builds upon the company's ongoing commitment to sustainable seafood.
"This is a third-party decision and as such is strictly investigated and bestowed on only the most worthy of… Read More
The Marine Stewardship Council last week announced that Mike Boots, director of the Seafood Choices Alliance in Silver Spring, Md., was elected to its board of trustees, effective in August.
"SeaWeb's Seafood Choices Alliance works across the seafood sector, collaboratively seeking paths toward a more sustainable industry. In that context, MSC certification is currently the most tangible, independent and widely marketed option available to… Read More
The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) at its annual meeting in Panama City last week for the fourth time failed to produce a conservation agreement to combat tuna overfishing in the Eastern Pacific, a consortium of conservation and fishing groups, including World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International and the National Fisheries Institute, reported yesterday.
According to the IATTC, bigeye and yellowfin tuna populations are… Read More
Scientists from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) today said that cod stocks continue to be overfished in almost all European waters and recommended again that the cod fisheries be shut down.
The World Wildlife Fund also today criticized the European Court for refusing to allow it to challenge the legality of Council of the European Union’s cod quota.
"It's incredibly frustrating that whilst we are arguing… Read More
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
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
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