Environment & Sustainability
The nutritional qualities of shellfish could be significantly reduced by future ocean acidification and warming, a new study suggests.
With previous research finding that climate change could threaten future production, safety and quality by negatively impacting the fitness of marine species, scientists from the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom, have demonstrated the potential for negative nutritional effects within economically and… Read More
Ryan Bigelow, the senior program manager for Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, sees Japan as a country ripe for seafood sustainability ratings like those his program provides.
Japan’s population consumes a vast amount of seafood – collectively, the country has one of the largest seafood consumption footprints in the world (third behind China and the European Union) – and because of that, an improvement in the overall… Read More
Increasing temperatures, ocean acidification, and deoxygenation are the outcomes from climate change that will cause the most damage the world’s marine economy, according to National Climate Assessment report released by the U.S. Global Change Research Program on Friday, 23 November.
The federal program that released the report was mandated by Congress to coordinate federal research and investments in understanding the forces shaping… Read More
A Trump administration challenge to a three-month-old ban on the import of Mexican shrimp and other seafood caught by gillnet in the Upper Gulf of California was rejected by a federal court on 28 November.
Implemented under protections bestowed on the critically endangered vaquita porpoise by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the seafood import ban has now been challenged unsuccessfully three times by the administration of U.S. President Donald… Read More
Pacifical, the marketing arm for tuna caught in Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) waters, will partner with Swiss food company Gustav Gerig to make its “Raimond Freres” branded products fully traceable through Ethereum blockchain technology.
Gustav Gerig’s canned tuna and its Rosé range of products – sold both through retailers and directly to foodservice outlets in Europe – carries both the Pacifical logo… Read More
Nominations for the 2019 Seafood Champion Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to sustainable seafood and ocean conservation, are now being accepted, joint organizers Diversified Communications and SeaWeb announced on Wednesday, 28 November.
Presented for the first time in 2006, the Seafood Champion Awards look to honor individuals and organizations contributing in meaningful ways to advancing seafood sustainability in… Read More
The results of a far-reaching enquiry by the Scottish Parliament into salmon farming in Scotland has the industry breathing a sigh of relief.
The investigation, which was overseen by the government-appointed, 11-member Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, made 65 wide-ranging recommendations for improvements across all aspects of the industry, but outlined a path by which the industry can continue to operate and grow in Scotland.
The… Read More
The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources has appointed Anna Willock to the role of Acting CEO of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, commencing 24 November 2018.
The move follows the departure of Dr. James Findlay, who has taken up the role of Director at Parks Australia.
Willock has more than 20 years’ experience in marine fisheries management in Australia, through the Pacific region and internationally. She first… Read More
Richard Beamish, a scientist recently retired from Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans, is planning an expedition across the Gulf of Alaska to better understand changes in salmon stocks.
Beamish, who is being financially supported by fish farm operators, said that scientists do not fully comprehend the rising and falling of wild salmon stocks. Beamish said the contract for the expedition had not yet been signed but that funding for… Read More
A trade group representing commercial fishermen on the West Coast of the United States has filed a lawsuit in a California court claiming petroleum companies have significantly harmed the Dungeness crab fishery in that state and neighboring Oregon.
The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association filed the suit in a San Francisco, California court last week against 30 fossil fuel makers. They claim actions by the defendants –… Read More