Environment & Sustainability

Published on
January 24, 2019

Tony Long is the CEO of Global Fishing Watch, a freely accessible and near real-time digital map of the global ocean aimed at exposing illegal fishing. With Japan, Peru, and Indonesia all recently agreeing to share data with Global Fishing Watch as part of an effort to combat illegal fishing, Long is now pushing for more countries to contribute data. Additionally, Long’s office is working with governments and NGOs to make the Global

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Ben Fisher

Published on
January 23, 2019

A study led by Rutgers University has shown that the choice to conserve or overharvest renewable resources such as fish is often due to habits and past decisions, which could help fisheries discover why some succeed at conservation and others fail. 

The study, "Path-dependent institutions drive alternative stable states in conservation," was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It showed that conservation is

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
January 22, 2019

A federal judge in California on Friday, 22 January, upheld her decision from last year that claimed NOAA Fisheries did not follow the law when it set the catch limit on an anchovy stock in the state.

The ruling from U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh means the agency will need to set a new limit on the central population of northern anchovy. Environmental advocates argued federal officials kept that figure stationary since 2000 and used nearly

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
January 21, 2019

Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.-based seafood company Norpac Fisheries Export has signed a commitment in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) vowing not to buy immature snapper and grouper from Indonesia, the world’s largest supplier of both species. 

The agreement aims to protect the Indo-Pacific snapper and grouper fishery, which has grown increasingly more vulnerable to overfishing, according to Norpac and TNC. Recent government

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
January 17, 2019

A consortium of seafood industry trade groups and businesses announced on Thursday, 17 January a first-ever agreement with an energy company to foster collaboration between commercial fishing interests and offshore wind developers.

The pact between the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance and Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind creates a task force with members of both parties. Currently, the sides have begun discussing such issues as where

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Jason Holland

Published on
January 17, 2019

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) needs to address major concerns raised during an inquiry that looked into the effectiveness of the eco-label and the fishery certification scheme, recommends a new report published by the United Kingdom’s House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee (EAC).

EAC opened its Sustainable Seas inquiry in April 2018 to consider the future of oceans. The inquiry focused on how marine life can be

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
January 16, 2019

Two environmental organizations have requested a meeting with federal officials this month over the concerns they have about groundfish stocks in New England.

Representatives from the Conservation Law Foundation and the Environmental Defense Fund sent a letter last month to Timothy Gallaudet, the assistant secretary for oceans and atmosphere in the U.S. Commerce Department, and Chris Oliver, NOAA Fisheries’ assistant administrator. The

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Cliff White

Published on
January 15, 2019

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch's released new precommendations for several species on Monday, 14 January, and an upgrade in the rating of two Sri Lankan crab fisheries are cause for celebration for the National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council, local producer Taprobane Seafoods, and the fishery improvement projects that have worked to improve the sustainability of the regional crab fishing sector.

The blue swimming crab

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Allan Lynch

Published on
January 11, 2019

Canadian media have broken news of an unreported and overlooked September prosecution against Clearwater Seafoods Inc., Clearwater Seafood Limited Partnership and CS ManPar Inc. for “a gross violation” of section 115.2 of the Atlantic Fisheries Regulations, which requires pulling lobster pots within 72 hours. 

CS ManPar plead guilty and charges against the other two companies were dropped.

Clearwater, via CS ManPar, was

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Jason Holland

Published on
January 9, 2019

The European Commission has removed Thailand from a list of countries on warning about their lack of progress in tackling illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU).

Thailand received the so-called “yellow card” caution in April 2015 – essentially the strongest warning the European Commission hands out that doesn’t carry any formal penalty attached.  If Thailand didn’t take sufficient action, the E.U.

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