Environment & Sustainability
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
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
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
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
By examining the chemical composition of the otolith, or ear stone, of bluefin tunas, researchers found that tunas from North America and the Mediterranean intermix as juveniles, a discovery that could affect how tuna fisheries are managed.
While bluefins from both sides of the Atlantic return home to spawn, researchers found that the largest tuna, sought by commercial fishermen off North America, tend to be local fish, and smaller ones caught… Read More
European Union Fisheries Commissioner Joe Borg on Wednesday called for hefty quota cuts to protect deepwater species and a ban on trawling for deep-sea sharks and orange roughy beginning in 2010.
Europe's deep-sea fish grow and reproduce more slowly than fish in shallower waters and are more vulnerable to overfishing, says Borg.
EU fisheries ministers will debate the quota recommendations next month. The European Commission wants cuts of up… Read More
Greenpeace International yesterday launched an online database of fishing vessels involved in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
The "IUU blacklist" was posted as the West and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meets in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, to discuss increased regulation of tuna fishing in the Pacific.
The blacklist is the first one-stop record of fishing vessels and companies involved in pirate… Read More
Environmental advocacy group Conservation Law Foundation of Boston today will petition the federal government to add U.S. stocks of wolffish to the endangered species list.
The species, also known as ocean catfish, has declined steadily since the 1980s, according to scientific surveys and bycatch reported by commercial fishermen.
"We've known that wolffish are not in great shape for almost 10 years. Nothing we've done so far has helped the… Read More
Bluefin tuna and farmed salmon and are among the seafood species three conservation groups are warning sushi lovers to avoid eating because they're unsustainable.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Environmental Defense Fund and Blue Ocean Institute announced yesterday that they're publishing color-coded consumer guides categorizing popular sushi items according to whether the species used to prepare them are sustainable and healthful.
Based on… Read More