Environment & Sustainability
Two environmental organizations have requested a meeting with federal officials this month over the concerns they have about groundfish stocks in New England.
Representatives from the Conservation Law Foundation and the Environmental Defense Fund sent a letter last month to Timothy Gallaudet, the assistant secretary for oceans and atmosphere in the U.S. Commerce Department, and Chris Oliver, NOAA Fisheries’ assistant administrator. The… Read More
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch's released new precommendations for several species on Monday, 14 January, and an upgrade in the rating of two Sri Lankan crab fisheries are cause for celebration for the National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council, local producer Taprobane Seafoods, and the fishery improvement projects that have worked to improve the sustainability of the regional crab fishing sector.
The blue swimming crab… Read More
Canadian media have broken news of an unreported and overlooked September prosecution against Clearwater Seafoods Inc., Clearwater Seafood Limited Partnership and CS ManPar Inc. for “a gross violation” of section 115.2 of the Atlantic Fisheries Regulations, which requires pulling lobster pots within 72 hours.
CS ManPar plead guilty and charges against the other two companies were dropped.
Clearwater, via CS ManPar, was… Read More
House Democrats on Tuesday, 8 January, introduced a series of bills that would block the Trump administration from permitting offshore drilling in various regions of the U.S. exclusive economic zone.
Opponents of offshore drilling claim the practice could devastate both the environment and the economies of coastal communities, with the fishing industry particularly at risk.
“President Trump’s dangerous plans for offshore drilling… Read More
The European Commission has removed Thailand from a list of countries on warning about their lack of progress in tackling illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU).
Thailand received the so-called “yellow card” caution in April 2015 – essentially the strongest warning the European Commission hands out that doesn’t carry any formal penalty attached. If Thailand didn’t take sufficient action, the E.U.… Read More
Seafood giant Thai Union and environmental groups including OceanMind and the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) are praising the European Commission’s decision to lift the yellow card warning it placed on Thailand’s seafood industry in 2015.
EJF Director Steve Trent, who predicted the removal of the yellow card as early as December 2016, said Thailand has made “significant and substantial improvements” to its… Read More
The latest technical paper on catch documentation schemes from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), discusses how such schemes benefit, or could benefit, deep-sea fisheries by protecting them from illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
The paper’s author, Giles Hosch, found in his research that catch documentation schemes (CDS) are a useful tool for addressing the IUU fishing practices known… Read More
Attorneys for fishermen who seek to overturn a marine monument designation – and a subsequent fishing ban – for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts said they plan to file documents in federal court this week that could trigger future hearings on the case.
Jonathan Wood, an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, told SeafoodSource through a spokesperson that he expects opening briefs to be due next month, but he added that… Read More
An agreement signed by state, federal, and trial officials after many years of deliberations has resulted in changes to the spill policies on the Snake and Columbia rivers that will benefit young salmon, according to The Seattle Times.
While the agreement is expected to increase the chance of survival of young fish, it was also careful to take into account the needs of the hydroelectricity companies that use the dams to create energy, so… Read More
Ireland’s government has announced there will be a ban on trawlers over 18 meters in length operating inside six nautical miles of the country’s coast. The new regulations will come into effect from January 2020.
The decision follows an extensive public consultation process, initiated in April 2018, which attracted over 900 submissions from interested parties.
Confirming the move, Michael Creed, Ireland’s minister for… Read More