Environment & Sustainability
Don't be fooled by the seemingly good news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's food-safety program budget may increase: Inflation and staff pay raises would erode the bulk of the Bush administration's proposed $42 million budget increase, leaving the beleaguered agency with minimal added funding in fiscal 2009. Would it be enough to keep Congress, consumer-advocacy groups and the media from continuing to interrogate the safety of… Read More
The U.S. Department of Commerce has extended the deadline for its third administrative review of Vietnamese pangasius to March 17. The agency failed to complete its review by the original Jan. 17 deadline.
The tariff for frozen pangasius fillets from Vietnam is set at 63.88 percent, though four companies were assessed tariffs individually, ranging from 0 to 80.88 percent. During an administrative review, tariffs can increase, decrease or… Read More
The Maryland Oyster Advisory Commission will release an interim report today that suggests aquaculture is the best course for saving Chesapeake Bay’s dwindling oyster populations.
The commission says banning wild oyster harvests in large portions of the bay and supporting privately run shellfish farms is the only way to bring the species back from its historic collapse over the last few decades.
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A new study by NOAA shows both fishing and climate change have contributed to large variations in the spawning time of walleye pollock stocks in the Gulf of Alaska.
An unprecedented data set spanning 32 years showed that spawn times swung up to three weeks for Alaska pollock, the largest fishery by volume in the United States. The study identified warming water and fishing impact as major contributors to these swings.
Warmer waters, NOAA… Read More
Charities Traffic and WWF have teamed up with international technology company Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to develop a new web-based tool aimed at identifying wild-caught and farmed seafood products that are being traded illegally.
Initially the brainchild of Traffic, the data analytics system, called DETECT-IT, has been launched to help businesses, NGOs, Customs officers, law enforcement and fisheries officials worldwide quickly search… Read More