Environment & Sustainability

Published on
January 2, 2019

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games around the corner, environmental advocates have ramped up the pressure on the host country to commit to serving only seafood certified by third-party accredited sustainability schemes.

Currently, the language of the Tokyo Organizing Committee’s Sustainable Sourcing Code for Fishery Products sets the bar for approval for seafood sustainability at meeting the United Nations Food and Agriculture

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Cliff White

Published on
December 27, 2018

Sustainability has become a buzzword in the seafood industry in recent years, a prerequisite for doing business in the 21st century. 

But with the advent of real effects of climate change being felt in fisheries and aquaculture operations around the world, paying attention to environmental news is no longer shunted off to corporate sustainability officers.  

In 2018, even more evidence was presented that increasing water

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Chris Chase

Published on
December 20, 2018

The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership released its latest sector report on mahi, finding that the biggest obstacle to the fishery reaching its “Target 75” goal is a lack of data in the fishery. 

The report, released on 19 December, indicates that 59.3 percent of the mahi fishery can be considered either sustainable or improving. That number is largely related to eight fishery improvement projects (FIP) covering the mahi fishery,

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
December 19, 2018

A newly formed industry body aims to encourage more sustainable practices in Hong Kong’s thriving seafood sector. 

The Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition was formed in December 2018 promote the consumption of responsibly sourced marine species. The new organization, which is modeled on the Sustainable Seafood Coalition in the United Kingdom, seeks to bring together seafood distributors, caterers, and retailers “to promote

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Brian Hagenbuch

Published on
December 19, 2018

The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council has adopted a new ecosystem-based plan to manage Alaska’s Bering Sea, where climate change is affecting coastal communities and commercial fisheries.

The Bering Sea is among the world’s most productive regions for seafood, but warming water temperatures and a lack of sea ice over recent years have forced the NPFMC to consider new approaches to its management of the sea’s

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Chris Chase

Published on
December 19, 2018

The National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council announced on 18 December that Brice Phillips, the director of club store sales at Phillips Foods, was elected as the new chairman. 

Phillips has immediately taken over as chair of the 10-year-old council, which promotes and finances blue swimming crab sustainability efforts across the globe. The funds – provided through grants by the World Bank, Walton Family Foundation, the Gordon

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Chris Chase

Published on
December 18, 2018

An appeal against “dolphin-safe” label standards by Mexico was denied by the World Trade Organization on 14 December, ending a legal battle that lasted over a decade. 

The legal process began on 24 October, 2008, when Mexico disputed U.S. rules on the labeling of tuna as dolphin-safe on the grounds that the new standards unfairly discriminated against Mexico. Specifically, the evidence required to receive a dolphin-safe label

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Cliff White

Published on
December 17, 2018

At the 15th Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. last week, member-states agreed to a series of measures designed to improve the sustainability of highly migratory fish stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean and set higher standards for labor conditions in the fishery.

Representatives of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Parties to the Nauru Agreement praised the

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Cliff White

Published on
December 14, 2018

Non-compliance with federal labeling laws is rampant at Spanish fish markets, a new study by environmental nonprofit law organization ClientEarth has found.

Mandatory seafood labeling regulations are being breached throughout the supply chain, and Spanish authorities are not exerting sufficient regulatory pressure to combat the problem, ClientEarth said.

“This breach of the law is unacceptable. The public authorities must be aware of the

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Chris Chase

Published on
December 14, 2018

A new report released by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership on 12 December indicates that the world’s farmed shrimp production has lingering sustainability concerns with little improvement likely on the horizon. 

The new report, which is a part of SFP’s “Target 75” initiative, classifies just 8.8 percent of the global production of farmed shrimp as “improving,” and none is classified as sustainable

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