Environment & Sustainability
At the fourth Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium on 1 November, Tom Pickerell, global tuna director for the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), introduced the idea of a tuna roundtable to the Japanese industry, including suppliers and purchasers.
The roundtable discussed fishery improvement projects (FIPs) and their importance in inching Japan towards more sustainable practices in relation to tuna.
The event was a follow up to an… Read More
The Faroese fishery of ling (Molva molva) and tusk (Brosme brosme) has been declared sustainable and well-managed by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), becoming the third certificate-holder in the world for such species, alongside Iceland and Norway.
Klaksvik, Faroe Islands-based fishery client JFK entered into the MSC assessment process back in August 2017, and was audited by DNV GL using MSC’s updated Fisheries Standard v2.0 over the… Read More
Shrimp fishing in Maine has been closed since 2014, and regulators decided on 16 November that that’s not going to change for another three years.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to close the 2019 Maine shrimp season, and in a first decided to close 2020 and 2021 as well. Regulators first closed the shrimp season due to research trawls finding little recruitment, and since then the story has remained the… Read More
The board of directors of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has voted to transition its sustainable fisheries certification scheme, the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification, out of the organization.
The Alaska RFM was created by ASMI and other Alaskan entities in 2010 as an alternative to the Marine Stewardship Council sustainability certification, and ASMI took over sole proprietorship of the certification in 2015.… Read More
Conservationists left Croatia on Monday, 19 November, expressing disappointment that the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna did not pass any measure to protect the stock of bigeye tuna.
Instead, commission members ended their meeting in Croatia's capital of Dubrovnik maintaining the status quo; a catch limit of 65,000 metric tons for the 2019 season, despite an ICCAT scientific committee reporting that the Atlantic… Read More
Last week, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officially moved to cancel the state’s wild oyster season, which would have run from November through April.
Exploratory dives at oyster harvesting grounds had revealed a continued steep decline in the number of oysters in the state’s waters. Last year’s season was curtailed after fishermen harvested just 136 110-pound sacks of oysters, down from 7,000… Read More
Last winter, something unprecedented happened in Alaska. For the first time on record, there was no sea ice in the northern Bering Sea, and biologists are now scrambling to figure out how that will affect scores of area fisheries – from crab to salmon to rockfish to various pelagic stocks – in the coming years.
Because there are few fisheries in the northern Bering Sea, historically it has not been subject to as much surveying… Read More
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is preparing a campaign to recruit chefs from across the country to lobby the U.S. Congress to support measures that would hold fisheries accountable for overfishing and call for science-based decision making in the management process.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium advocates for greater sustainability in the seafood industry and operates the Seafood Watch initiative, which categorizes seafood items into one of three… Read More
At the Our Ocean 2018 conference held last week in Indonesia, the United States pledged its support for 15 initiatives that would affect fishing communities across the globe.
In addition, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Indonesian Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti during the two-day conference in Bali to reaffirm their nations’ commitment to encourage sustainable fisheries management worldwide.
Kerry, who also served… Read More
In a remarkable turnaround over the past several years, China has shifted from prioritizing production and value in its domestic seafood sector to placing a greater emphasis on the environment.
China’s government has begun an unprecedented clean-up of the country’s chaotic and fragmented aquaculture sector. In the latest in a slew of environmental enforcement actions that have ramped up over the past year, thousands of tons of fry… Read More