Environment & Sustainability
The industry group representing tuna canning and processing companies in Papua New Guinea is seeking its own Marine Stewardship Council certification for the nation’s skipjack and yellowfin fisheries, threatening a split between Papua New Guinea and the other eight island-nations in the Parties to the Nauru Agreement, and Pacifical – which was founded to market the region’s tuna internationally.
On 30 August, Papua… Read More
Two years after U.S. officials established new regulations regarding imported seafood and bycatch, NOAA Fisheries is taking steps to make sure other countries are working on reducing the interaction their fisheries have with marine mammals.
The Marine Mammal Protection Act Import Provisons Rule, announced in August 2016, requires seafood importers to maintain the same bycatch standards as American fisheries. The rule took effect on 1 January… Read More
The severely decomposed carcass of an endangered North Atlantic right whale was discovered off of Nantucket, an island off the coast of Massachusetts, U.S.A., on Sunday, 14 October, by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The sex of the 35-foot-long whale has not yet been identified, but NOAA has determined from its size that it was a sub-adult. Photographs of the carcass revealed “multiple wounds indicative of human… Read More
Global Fishing Watch, an international nonprofit devoted to transparency in seafood, and the PACÍFICO Foundation, composed of four environmental funds, announced 11 October that the organizations have entered into a formal collaboration.
A new memorandum of understanding, signed 11 October, will see the two organizations collaborate with Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama to increase the transparency of the countries'… Read More
The longline yellowfin tuna fishery in the exclusive economic zone of the Federated States of Micronesia has achieved Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.
Three Chinese companies pursued the certification and own and operate the vessels in the fishery: Liancheng Overseas Fishery (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd (SZLC), China Southern Fishery Shenzhen Co. Ltd (CSFC) and Liancheng Overseas Fishery (FSM) Co. Ltd. (FZLC). The fishery produced 745… Read More
The Environmental Justice Foundation, a United Kingdom-based non-governmental organization focused on protecting the environment and defending human rights, has published two reports following up on illegal fishing practices amongst the distant-water fleets of Taiwan and China.
In a report filed on 11 October, EJF claims that around 90 percent of the industrial fishing fleet in the West African country of Ghana is linked to Chinese ownership,… Read More
Simone Pesu helped to found Sustainable Fishery Trade, a Lima-Peru-based social enterprise dedicated to fair trade in artisanal fisheries, in 2016.
Pisu, an Italian marine biologist, started SFP with the twin goals of getting a fairer price for fishermen and training them in sustainable practices. Ultimately, the company’s goal is to connect Peruvian artisanal fisheries with end-buyers, including restaurants, so they get a better price for… Read More
Haddock caught in the North Sea and west of Scotland fisheries can now be considered a good choice for consumers after being upgraded in the latest seafood ratings on the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Good Fish Guide.
Haddock is one of the United Kingdom’s most popular species and a favorite in the fish-and-chips channel. The newly-rated Rockall fishery has recieved a 1 ranking for the first time by the guide, meaning… Read More
The state of Kentucky on Tuesday, 9 October, announced the creation of a public-private partnership to harvest and sell Asian carp caught in the state’s western waters.
Governor Matt Bevin said Kentucky Fish Center, LLC won a contract to develop a fish house. Angie Yu, who also operates Two Rivers Fishery, will operate the fish center, which will hold daily auctions. The state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will manage… Read More
In 2017, WSI, the International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry, launched a competition to encourage women to video their experiences in the workplace and tell their stories. The aim was to increase awareness about their role in the industry and to recognize the value they bring to it.
According to WSI Founder and President Marie Christine Monfort, encouraging women to star in their own films was an uphill struggle at first,… Read More