Environment & Sustainability

Published on
October 5, 2018

A scientific committee of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas has declared with 99.5 percent certainty that Atlantic bigeye tuna is overfished and that overfishing is occurring.

Fishing mortality is 163 percent the rate of maximum sustainable yield and at current catch levels, the probability of recovering the stock is only one percent by 2033 – 15 years from now, according to a report of the Standing

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Chris Chase

Published on
October 5, 2018

Local Catch, a community-of-practice made up of fishermen, organizers, researchers, and consumers, had its first webinar in a series exploring the implications of the Associated Press story on Sea to Table. 

That story, which was published in June, accused the company of falsifying the origins of its seafood and potentially being linked to slave labor in Indonesia. Given the overlap in mission between Sea to Table and a number of other

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Ivan Stupachenko

Published on
October 5, 2018

The International Year of Salmon (IYS) 2019 has officially started after the inaugurating ceremony held at the II Global Fishery Forum on 15 September in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

Initiated by the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) and by the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO), and supported by several other regional organizations, the aim of the IYS is to “raise awareness of what humans can do to

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Chris Chase

Published on
October 5, 2018

The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership has released its latest annual report on reduction fisheries, and has concluded that the sustainability of the fisheries worldwide has improved by roughly eight percent. 

The report, which analyzed 26 reduction fisheries – fisheries that harvest fish to be processed into fishmeal and fish oil – found that the amount of catch coming from poorly managed fisheries has dropped 16 percent from

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Brian Hagenbuch

Published on
October 3, 2018

A group of educators and professionals led by Transform Aqorau recently announced the formation of Pacific Catalyst, a partnership designed to foster new policies and a fresh generation of leaders in the Pacific Island fisheries. 

Aqorau, formerly the director of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the CEO of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement  (PNA), is the founding director of Pacific Catalyst, which will count on

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
October 3, 2018

The United States is set to join nine other countries and organizations in a first-of-its kind agreement to protect Arctic Ocean waters from commercial fishing.

The pact, scheduled to be signed Wednesday, 3 October in Ilslissat, Greenland, comes after two years of negotiations between countries with coastlines on the Arctic as well as other major fishing powers. Those nations concluded talks last November.

The agreement comes as polar melting

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Chris Chase

Published on
October 3, 2018

In the second week of October, the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team will meet in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A. to discuss what efforts are necessary to stop the deaths of right whales, one of the most endangered species on the planet. 

Those efforts will likely include some restrictions on various North Atlantic fisheries that use roped gear, such as the New England lobster fishery. A string of recent whale deaths has been linked

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Chris Loew

Published on
October 1, 2018

Japan and Peru, two of the world’s biggest players when it comes to seafood, are hoping to crack down on illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in their exclusive economic zones through increased use of cutting-edge technology.

A key player in both countries’ efforts is the Global Fishing Watch, an international nonprofit organization with the goal of “advancing sustainability of the oceans through increased

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Jason Holland

Published on
October 1, 2018
Australian banana prawns

For the fifth consecutive year, all of the fisheries solely managed by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) have been independently assessed as not being subject to overfishing.

The new “Fishery status reports 2018,” compiled by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), assessed 95 species that are either solely or jointly managed by AFMA. It found that while 12 stocks have

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
September 27, 2018

Humane production practices could have a huge impact on market expansion for farmed seafood in the United States, according to a new study from surveying firms Changing Tastes and Datassential.

Previewed this week in Ecuador at the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s annual GOAL conference, the study – titled “Humane Aquaculture: Opportunities on the Plate” – assesses the influence that humane production practices have on

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