Environment & Sustainability

Published on
November 1, 2018

San Diego, California, U.S.A.-based seafood processing company Catalina Offshore Products has received a Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant of USD 139,700 (EUR 122,500) to grow demand for opah and other underutilized and undervalued fish species.

Opah, also known as moonfish, is a pelagic fish caught seasonally off the coasts of California and Mexico. Opah can grow to be about the size of a car tire and can weigh up to 200 pounds, “yet a

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Jason Holland

Published on
November 1, 2018

New Zealand King Salmon (NZKS) has become the first New Zealand food business to join the world’s largest corporate citizenship initiative and one of a handful of the country’s businesses to sign the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. 

NZKS is one of 250 businesses worldwide to join the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. Led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment, these businesses have

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
November 1, 2018

A year after the Center for Biological Diversity filed a federal lawsuit against the state of California regarding its Dungeness crab fishery, the conservation nonprofit has requested the judge in the case issue a summary judgement ruling in its favor.

A lawyer for the CBD said the organization filed the motion for summary judgement last week in the U.S. District Court’s North California District in hopes of preventing more animals from

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Published on
October 31, 2018

A report from the Rainforest Foundation and the non-governmental organization Future in our Hands accuses three soy producers in Brazil of illegal deforestation, violently and illegally seizing land, using illegal pesticides, and using slave labor.

Brazilian soy giants Caramuru, Selecta, and Imcopa allegedly contracted with the producers in question, leading aquaculture firms who bought feed containing Brazilian soy to question whether their

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Chris Loew

Published on
October 31, 2018

The fourth Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium will be held at Iino Hall and Conference Center on 1 November. Started in 2015, the annual event hosted by Seafood Legacy and Nikkei Ecology – a monthly publication of Nikkei Business Publications – brings together business leaders throughout Japan to discuss issues surrounding smarter management of global fisheries resources. The all-day program will feature a wide range of speakers and

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
October 30, 2018

Authorities in Jiangsu Province’s recently issued a notice to “quit shrimp or close down” to the owners of up to 40,000 polytunnel-style covered shrimp ponds. 

The notice was published in local media in the Nantong region of Jiangsu Province and signed by the local government agricultural, water, and environment bureaus. Tighter enforcement of environmental regulations has seen wholesale closures of aquaculture facilities

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Allan Lynch

Published on
October 30, 2018

Canadian authorities are seeking to add greater flexibility to fishing regulations put in place to protect critically endangered North American right whales.

At an industry roundtable in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, on Tuesday, 23 October, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Coast Guard (DFO) Jonathan Wilkinson signaled a willingness to lessen the severe restrictions placed on various fisheries in 2018 to protect the whales.

In 2017, the death of

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Chris Chase

Published on
October 30, 2018

Thai Union Group PCL, Chicken of the Sea brand, and Monterey Bay Aquarium announced a new sustainability collaboration they’ve dubbed SeaChange IGNITE on 30 October. 

The initiative, announced at the Our Ocean conference in Bali, Indonesia, will focus on advancing sustainability and improvements in the supply chain, contributing to Thai Union’s overall sustainability goals. Combined, the organizations are committing USD 73

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
October 30, 2018

Officials from Indonesia’s province of Lampung have committed to implementing a transformational management plan for the region’s blue swimming crab fishery, according to an announcement made at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia on 29 October.

Stakeholders including fishers, processors, and supply chain workers will be empowered in the decision-making processing for the fishery under the new plan, officials said.

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
October 29, 2018

Global Fishing Watch (GFW), the partnership between Google and the advocacy groups Oceana and SkyTruth, now features national vessel tracking data public from Peru.

Peru’s commercial fishing vessels can now be viewed by anyone, in real-time, for free on GFW’s map platform. Approximately 1,300 vessels or more from Peru’s industrial fleets, which went previously undetected, are visible on the public mapping interface – for

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