Environment & Sustainability
South Australia’s sardine fishery has become the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere to be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for sustainable fishing.
Independent auditing body MRAG Americas, Inc. conducted the assessment of the fishery, which celebrated its MSC approval on 6 December in Port Lincoln, South Australia, with an event for association members and stakeholders. The fishery is the third in South… Read More
The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership released its annual report on shelf-stable tuna on 10 December, and it indicates that almost half of the sector is being sustainably sourced or improving with potential for more in the near-feature.
The report, which is part of SFP’s Target 75 Initiative, showed that 41.1 percent of global production of shelf-stable tuna is considered either sustainable or improving, with avenues for increasing… Read More
Nine environmental organizations filed suit against the federal government on Tuesday, 11 December, in an attempt to block seismic air gun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean.
The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in South Carolina, comes less than two weeks after NOAA Fisheries approved permits for five companies to use air guns as part of a surveying process that could lead to offshore oil and gas drilling. The permits allow their use between… Read More
Despite having had five years to implement measures in the latest version of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), European Union member states are still lagging behind and likely to miss important 2020 deadlines on biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries management, a new report from WWF claims.
The NGO said that member state efforts to implement the CFP are “deeply unsatisfactory” and national ocean strategies have so far… Read More
When U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act into law last week, it finally – and permanently – relieved the fishing industry from Environmental Protection Agency regulations regarding incidental discharge on their boats.
The regulation required vessel operators to get EPA permits to perform routine actions, such as using pumped ocean water to clean off the deck after harvesting. It stemmed… Read More
A decision by NOAA Fisheries to issue five permits for seismic air gun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean has drawn sharp criticism from business and environmental leaders who fear the blasts could be harmful for fish and other marine wildlife.
The blasting will be used to conduct surveys that will provide data to oil and gas industry businesses, who may then seek to conduct offshore drilling in federal waters between Cape May, New Jersey and Cape… Read More
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report on Thursday, 6 December that indicates 2017 was a worse than average year for the entanglement of large whales, but an improvement over numbers in recent years.
That news was of a worse-than-average year was also tempered by the fact that of the large whales entangled, right whales had fewer entanglements in the U.S. Northeast than in previous periods. The most… Read More
United States supermarket chain Hy-Vee’s efforts to trace mahi is one of the ways the retailer is addressing illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee, Inc., which operates 245 stores, partnered with Seattle, Washington-based supplier Orca Bay Foods and FishWise to trace products from fishing vessel to supermarket.
Hy-Vee, Orca Bay, and FishWise worked together to take an in-depth look at… Read More
An investigation by the Environmental Justice Foundation has discovered shark-finning operations and the killing of rare dolphins and turtles onboard five Taiwanese longline vessels fishing in waters around the world.
The vessels, which all either fly a Taiwanese flag or are linked with Taiwanese ownership, are part of the country’s distant-water longline fleet and participate in the international tuna market. The crews on all five… Read More
SAI Global, one of the leading certification bodies for the Marine Stewardship Council, announced on 4 December that it's recommending the Atlantic menhaden fishery be certified as sustainable.
The recommendation is a key step in the fishery attaining MSC certification. Now, the certification will go to a 30-day public comment period.
Omega Protein, by far the largest fisher of menhaden, has been the company leading the drive for MSC… Read More