Environment & Sustainability
A federal judge last week ruled that NOAA Fisheries illegally withdrew a proposed rule that would have placed hard caps on bycatch of protected species caught in California’s swordfish drift gillnet fishery.
The decision by U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in the Central District Court of California does not immediately put the caps in place. However, his order on Wednesday, 24 October, requires NOAA Fisheries to either reinstate the… Read More
As social responsibility moves into a more central role in the seafood sustainability paradigm, many suppliers and distributors are stepping up to pledge allegiance to the cause, according to Oakland, California-based certifier Fair Trade USA.
Perhaps best known for its work with the coffee industry, Fair Trade USA has developed a leading market-based model for sustainable production, trade, and consumption, applicable to several… Read More
A U.S. Federal Court in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. has issued a ruling that is intended to protect salmon and steelhead trout in the Columbia River basin from rising water temperatures.
In the mile-long lakes created by hydropower dams on the rivers, the water temperature has often exceeded 70 degrees Fahrenheit for days at a time, though the Clean Water Act bars the temperature in the river from exceeding 68 degrees. Cold water species… Read More
With concerns growing over a likely bait shortage in the lobster industry in Maine and Canada due to a drastic cut in the upcoming season's herring quota, Nova Scotia resident Patrick Swim has a possible solution. Swim thinks he can solve the bait shortage by harvesting an invasive species.
Silver carp is one of the four species of the invasive Asian carp (silver, bighead, grass, and black) that have placed the Great Lakes water system at… Read More
U.K. seafood industry body Seafish and the newly-formed Global Seafood Assurances (GSA) have announced that Marcus Coleman, CEO of Seafish, is to join the board of GSA with immediate effect.
The announcement follows an agreement signed between the two organizations in April this year that GSA would be the new home for the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) from no later than May 2020, following a tender process.
A key priority for GSA… Read More
SeaChoice – a collaboration of the David Suzuki Foundation, Ecology Action Center, and Living Oceans Society – released a report on 18 October criticizing the Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s adherence to its Salmon Standard.
The NGO’s report claims that only a small portion of the salmon farms certified by the ASC meet its stipulated criteria. Variances on the standard were “changing its original intent and… Read More
Police in Spain arrested 79 people involved in illegally smuggling bluefin tuna from Italy and Malta into Spain – an operation that had been taking in an estimated EUR 12.5 million annually (EUR 14.4 million).
The 16 October operation, led by Europol, seized 80,000 kilos of bluefin tuna of illicit origin, in addition to EUR 500,000 (USD 575,000) in cash and jewelry, seven high-end vehicles collectively valued at more than EUR 600,000 (USD… Read More
A veteran of the American seafood industry, Jerry Knecht is the founder and president of Bali, Indonesia-based P.T. Bali Seafood International and North Atlantic, Inc., which has its headquarters in Portland, Maine, U.S.A.
SeafoodSource: How did you wind up starting a company in Bali?
Knecht: In the 1990s, U.S. government policy resulted in a collapse of the local fishery within the 200-mile limit. Seeking a survival strategy, we went to the… Read More
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on 17 October that it has made three out-of-cycle appointments to seats on Regional Fishery Management Councils.
Two of the appointments are new members of management councils, while one was reappointed.
In the South Atlantic Council – which includes members from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina – Joseph D. Whitaker, of South… Read More
On 6 November, Election Day in the United States, Alaskans will be voting on a ballot measure that seeks to protect the state’s salmon habitats.
Alaska Ballot Measure 1, the Salmon Habitat Protections and Permits Initiative, would enact stricter regulations for oil and gas development in salmon habitats and additional regulations for restoring salmon streams if they are disturbed by development. Companies that don’t follow the… Read More