Environment & Sustainability
Western Australia's $300 million rock lobster industry is worried about the fishery's future after the Department of Fisheries has found few baby lobsters in harvesting areas.
The local lobster industry could face a disaster for the 2011-12 season if larval-stage lobsters don't appear in the next four months. The department is investigating whether climate change or overfishing or is to blame, or whether the larvae, known as puerulus, have… Read More
The Kyoto Danish Seine Fishing Federation (KDSFF) snow crab and flathead flounder fishery in Japan today became the first Asian fishery and 33rd worldwide to be certified as well managed and sustainable under the Marine Stewardship Council program.
Established in 1944 as a nonprofit, KDSFF comprises 15 vessels. In addition to snow crab and flathead flounder, the fleet harvests sand fish and Japanese Argentine (a smelt-like fish). Its average… Read More
Becky Goldburg, senior scientist at Environmental Defense Fund in New York, is leaving the nonprofit environmental advocacy organization to become the director of marine science at Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C.
Goldburg, who's been extensively involved with scientific research impacting the seafood industry and has worked directly with seafood businesses at EDF for 21 years, will leave the organization on Oct. 15.
An advocate… Read More
An independent panel commissioned by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to assess the organization's performance has deemed its management of the bluefin tuna fishery an "international disgrace."
In a review published earlier this week, the panel called for suspension of bluefin tuna fishing in the Mediterranean Sea and eastern Atlantic Ocean until participating countries fully comply with ICCAT… Read More
As part of its Coral Triangle Initiative, the World Wildlife Fund is preparing a seafood guide for Singapore recommending that its residents reduce their grouper and wrasse consumption. The conservation organization has published similar guides for Hong Kong and Indonesia.
The Coral Triangle Initiative is a two-year WWF campaign designed to preserve the Coral Triangle, which spans across Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines,… Read More
George McKerrow, co-founder of a chain of restaurants with media mogul Ted Turner, urged restaurateurs to minimize their carbon footprint at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show in Orlando, Fla., this past weekend.
McKerrow, the chairman and president of Ted's Montana Grill, a 50-unit chain based in Atlanta, said the restaurant industry uses five times more energy and natural resources than any other retail industry.
However,… Read More
Canadian pizza chain Panago Pizza yesterday announced that all of its seafood menu items are certified by Ocean Wise.
The chain offers shrimp, oysters and anchovies as toppings at its 160-plus locations.
Ocean Wise is a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to help restaurant operators and their customers make environmentally friendly seafood choices. Sustainable seafood assessments are based on recommendations and research by… Read More
A flush of chilly water from the Gulf of Alaska is nurturing a dramatic turnaround in ocean conditions off the Oregon coast this year, according to a report in yesterday's Oregonian.
That's good news for the West Coast salmon fishery, which was subject to an unprecedented closure this year due to the collapse of the Sacramento River salmon population.
Unusually warm ocean conditions, especially off Northern California in 2005, delayed the… Read More
The Marine Stewardship Council yesterday announced that two Russian pollock fisheries have entered the full assessment phase for certification to the London-based nonprofit's global standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries.
The international certification and eco-labeling program will assess two separate pollock fisheries represented by the Russian Pollock Association: the Western Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk. The assessment… Read More
A small Kenai, Alaska, seafood processor has agreed to pay a $38,000 penalty to settle allegations that it violated the federal Clean Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday.
Salamatof Seafoods was cited for breaching its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit during inspections conducted by the EPA and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation in 2002, 2005 and 2006. Other… Read More