Environment & Sustainability
A full assessment against the Marine Stewardship Council’s Fisheries Standard is underway for oysters harvest in Louisiana and Texas by seafood supplier Prestige Oysters, the company announced on 27 February.
The assessment will be conducted by MRAG Americas – an independent, third-party accredited certification body – and will score the oyster fishery on the health of the target stock, impacts on the marine environment,… Read More
North American sushi-quality tuna provider Anova Food, LLC., has put its Fair Trade fishery in North Buru Island, Indonesia, up for full assessment against the Marine Stewardship Council’s sustainability standards, the company announced on 26 February.
The handline tuna fishery has become the first of its kind in Indonesia to pursue the MSC assessment, Anova Food said in a press release. The company is working closely with its… Read More
A newly formed tuna fishery in the South Pacific has entered assessment for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.
The Papua New Guinea (PNG) Fishing Industry Association’s purse seine skipjack and yellowfin tuna fishery formally entered into full MSC assessment on 26 February, 2019. The fishery encompasses all tuna caught in anchored and drifting fads and free schools in both Papua New Guinea’s exclusive economic zone and… Read More
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is a New York City, New York, U.S.A.-based nonprofit environmental advocacy group. It was started after the founding members researched a link between use of DDT and a decline in local ospreys, following the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. They successfully campaigned to end the use of DDT in New York state, and subsequently nationwide. This was followed by work on passage of the Safe… Read More
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada-based Clearwater Seafoods has changed its controversial lobster fishing practices, which resulted in a fine from the Canadian government and a downgrade in the Ocean Wise recommendation for its lobster fishery.
Clearwater, via CS ManPar, was convicted of repeatedly storing 3,800 lobster traps on the ocean floor more than the limit of 72 hours. The offenses took place in Lobster Fishing Area 41, which is a unique… Read More
Madagascar announced its first octopus fishery improvement project (FIP) this month, with representatives of fishing communities, processors, and export companies all signing up to take part.
The FIP will be directed at securing Madagascar’s southwest octopus fishery, the most economically important export fishery to fishing communities of the area, according to Blue Ventures Conservation. The coastal communities in southwest Madagascar… Read More
Eight environmental firms filed for an injunction against the federal government on Wednesday, 20 February, in an attempt to block five companies from conducting seismic air gun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean until a lawsuit on the matter can be settled.
The request comes as the federal government could issue permits for the blasting as soon as 1 March, after NOAA announced in December that five permits could be issued for blasting in the… Read More
The International Gulf of Alaska Expedition 2019 is underway, according to the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, with the chartered 62-meter Russian research vessel Professor Kaganovskiy having departed Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Saturday, 16 February.
The expedition is setting out to study salmon while they are at sea, rather than when they journey back to rivers and streams to spawn at the end of their lives. The study is… Read More
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has suspended the certifications of two sardine fisheries in Europe as a result of updated scientific advice that called for a reduction in fishing effort.
The MSC took action on the South of Brittany purse seine sardine fishery in France and the Spanish Bay of Biscay purse seine sardine fishery following updated scientific report from the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) published… Read More
European Union vessels will no longer be able to carry out electric pulse fishing in the waters of the United Kingdom after Brexit, U.K. Fisheries Minister George Eustice has announced.
Using an electric current to fish was banned by the E.U. in 1998 but since 2006 pulse beam trawling has been allowed under an E.U. derogation. At present, more than 80 Dutch vessels have permission to use this method in certain parts of the southern North Sea,… Read More