Environment & Sustainability
The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) has expanded into China through a new affiliated partnership with China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPPMA), GSSI announced on 4 February.
CAPPMA has become the first Chinese organization to join the GSSI Global Partnership. The national non-profit industrial organization, which is committed to enhancing the business operations of its 1,800 members hailing from… Read More
The Marine Stewardship Council, one of the largest seafood-focused eco-labeling schemes in the world, is reviewing its standards and processes with the dual aims of increasing its effectiveness and addressing perceptions of inadequacies in how its system works.
The London, United Kingdom-based organization currently certifies more than 300 fisheries with a combined annual seafood production of 12 million metric tons, representing 15 percent of… Read More
The combination of climate change and dams on the Snake and Columbia Rivers has raised the summer temperature of the rivers by nearly three degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius), according to a new report released by the Environmental Protection Agency.
As a result, the temperatures of the rivers during the warm months of the year have sometimes exceeded 70 degrees Fahrenheit, which has killed migrating salmon. The reservoirs… Read More
Jane Bi is the Asia business development officer at the Global Aquaculture Alliance, a Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S.A. nonprofit that operates the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party seafood eco-certification program. BAP certification promotes “science-based and continuously improved performance standards” for the aquaculture supply chain from farms to feed mills and processors.
Originally from China, Bi has worked… Read More
The end of 2018 contained more dark news for the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, as scientists finding that the species decline had quickened.
An estimate by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) brought the total population count of the species to a maximum total of 411 individuals remaining, with as few as 100 of those remaining being females of breeding age. That news came on top of already grim… Read More
North East Atlantic mackerel caught after 2 March will no longer be considered Marine Stewardship Council-certified, as the certifier is suspending its approval of the fishery.
Four certificates for fisheries spanning eight countries will be impacted by the suspension, the MSC said. The decision was driven by the revelation that the North East Atlantic mackerel stock had fallen below a precautionary threshold, with catches remaining higher… Read More
The Pew Charitable Trusts is coming out in support of a program that would allow recreational fishermen to help reduce the mortality rates of some of the most popular stocks in the southeastern United States.
In an article posted on its website, Pew’s Holly Binns and Leda Cunningham said fishermen seeking to catch and release reef fish, such as black sea bass and red snapper, inadvertently kill more than 10 percent of the stocks.… Read More
The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership is crediting work performed at its global squid supply chain roundtable for the rapid improvement in the sustainability of squid fisheries globally.
According to SFP, nearly one-fifth of all squid produced globally can now be classified as either sustainable or improving toward sustainability. That’s in stark contrast to just a year ago, when SFP estimated that less than one percent of squid… Read More
Tuna longlining’s sustainability credentials can take a big step forward through the two supply chain-supported improvement projects announced this month for albacore fisheries in the Indian Ocean and Western and Central Pacific Ocean, according to NGO project leader Ocean Outcomes (O2).
The Indian Ocean albacore and South Pacific albacore and yellowfin fisheries supply Bumble Bee with around 50,000 metric tons (MT) of tuna, which the… Read More
The blockchain (or distributed ledger) technology – originally created as part of the development of cryptocurrency – is increasingly being used as a tamper-proof record for traceability of seafood.
Recently, an organization backed by Japan’s government announced it will be developing blockchain projects for food traceability, including a tracking tool and local tourism scrip for sea cucumber.
Japan is ahead of other… Read More