Environment & Sustainability
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
A national survey commissioned by Greenpeace shows that seven out of 10 Canadians believe they are not sufficiently informed by their supermarkets about capture methods for seafood.
And 74 percent of respondents said they would buy seafood from sustainable fisheries if they were properly informed.
"Consumers who care about the environment can't make the right choices because of inadequate labeling on seafood products. Supermarkets should… Read More
Rising global food costs may add pressure on fisheries in regions already at risk to pollution and climate change, according to a United Nations University report released Wednesday.
The report said 40 percent of the world's population lives within 30 miles of coasts and that governments must enact better policies to manage marine resources. Rising wheat and rice prices may mean greater pressure on fishing, said the report, which concluded,… Read More
North Atlantic Lobster Co. of Danvers, Mass., today donated 10 percent of the estimated $200,000 needed to assess Maine's lobster fishery under the Marine Stewardship Council program, which certifies fisheries as well managed and sustainable.
L.L. Bean, Maine's renowned clothing and outdoor apparel retailer, has also contributed $50,000 to the effort. Linda Bean, granddaughter of L.L. Bean founder Leon Leonwood Bean and owner of Port Clyde… Read More
Animal-rights activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has submitted a bid to lease a vacant, rural Maine jail to establish the world's first Lobster Empathy Center.
"A prison is the perfect setting to demonstrate how lobsters suffer when they are caught in traps or confined to cramped, filthy supermarket tanks," PETA wrote in a June 2 letter to Somerset County commissioners. The county is constructing a new prison and has… Read More
"Mercury and Other Trace Elements in Farmed and Wild Salmon from British Columbia, Canada," a report in the monthly journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry has found that mercury levels in British Columbia farmed salmon are lower than those in wild salmon.
The study, conducted by Fisheries and Ocean Canada, Institute of Ocean Sciences and the University of British Columbia's Center for Aquaculture and Environmental Research, measured… Read More
Hagen Stehr, CEO of Clean Seas Tuna in Port Lincoln, Australia, today was presented the Friend of the Sea Award 2008 for his efforts in sustainable seafood production.
Stehr was presented the award during the Infofish Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, for the company's creation of an artificial breeding program for southern bluefin tuna.
"The Friend of the Sea Award aims at encouraging and motivating seafood companies to lower their… Read More