Environment & Sustainability
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
A delegation of Canadian and Chilean environmentalists, tourism officials and Native Americans visited Oslo, Norway, last week to protest the state of the salmon-farming industries in Canada, Chile and Norway.
The delegation, which included representatives from the T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation, Pure Salmon Campaign, Wilderness Tourism Association and Canada's Inuit and Chile's Mapuche-Huilliche native populations, pressed for… Read More
The World Wildlife Fund yesterday renewed its call for a ban on bluefin tuna fishing in the Mediterranean Sea. Since the fishery opened at the beginning of May, more than 10,000 breeding fish are harvested daily, says the Washington, D.C.-based conservation organization.
The WWF expects about 27,000 metric tons of bluefin to be landed by the end of the month, almost twice the amount deemed sustainable by international scientists and just shy… Read More
Greenpeace on Thursday released a follow-up of its ranking of food retailers' environmental compliance with seafood products.
Axfood, of Sweden, was one company that earned a top ranking on the updated list. The retailer recently adopted a new seafood policy that prohibits sourcing species from threatened stocks and marketing green-listed species certified as sustainable.
Axfood bases its stock assessments on the World Wildlife Fund's… Read More
The process of developing certification standards for farmed abalone is underway as part of the World Wildlife Fund's Aquaculture Dialogues, the Washington, D.C.-based conservation organization announced today.
The dialogues are designed to create measurable, performance-based certification standards that minimize or eliminate the key environmental and social impacts of farming seafood.
Currently, six dialogues are underway - salmon,… Read More
Eight South Pacific island nations on Tuesday agreed to block bigeye and yellowfin tuna fishing in the region's international waters.
At the Fourth Forum Fisheries Ministerial Meeting in the Republic of Palau, eight nations - the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu - agreed to prohibit licensed tuna vessels from fishing in two areas marked for protection… Read More
The New England Red Crab Harvesters' Association yesterday announced it has entered the assessment process for certification to the Marine Stewardship Council's standards for sustainable and well-managed fisheries.
"The deep-sea red crab fishing fleet has long been an industry leader in promoting sustainable harvesting practices. This next step in working toward MSC certification will place the deep-sea red crab fishing fleet in the forefront… Read More
The Global Aquaculture Alliance on Friday announced the completion of its Best Aquaculture Practices certification standards for channel catfish farms. Facilities that farm catfish in accordance with BAP standards can seek certification through the Aquaculture Certification Council.
Hugh Warren, chairman of BAP's Channel Catfish Technical Committee, said certification will help catfish producers assure major seafood buyers and consumers that… Read More
Congress this week passed a final version of the Farm Bill. The vast, $290 billion measure awaits the approval of President Bush, who has threatened to veto it.
On Thursday, the Senate voted 81-15 in favor, passing the bill to President Bush, who has criticized it as fiscally irresponsible and favoring rich farmers at a time when crop prices have reached record highs. However, Wednesday's 318-106 House vote in favor of the bill represents a… Read More
Compass Group Canada, a foodservice and hospitality company, in partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise Program, on Friday announced a new sustainable seafood purchasing policy that includes replacing 250,000 pounds of Atlantic cod with Alaska pollock.
The new policy will take effect June 1 and be fully implemented by September.
"As the Canadian leader in food and support services, we are proud to embrace a sustainable-seafood… Read More