Environment & Sustainability

Published on
November 5, 2018

The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) – an alliance of business, nonprofit, and government organizations – announced on 31 October that it plans to create a “Seafood Stewardship Index” to rank the top 30 largest seafood companies against the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

The UN’s SDGs, a set of 17 goals for 2030, includes a range of objectives and issues, including environmental sustainability,

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Cliff White

Published on
November 2, 2018

The Federated States of Micronesia announced a shift to 100 percent transparency in its tuna fishery at the 2018 Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia, in late October.

Transparency in the country’s fishing industry will be achieved by 2023 through the use of electronic monitoring and human observer coverage in all industrial fishing vessels operating in Micronesia’s territorial waters, Micronesia President Peter Christian said in

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Brad Warren and Julia Sanders | Global Ocean Health

Published on
November 2, 2018

Brad Warren is the executive director of Global Ocean Health, a program of the National Fisheries Conservation Center, a nonprofit focused on the issue of ocean acidification. He writes on behalf of the Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.-based Working Group on Seafood and Energy, which includes Erling Skaar, owner of the F/V North American and GenTech Global; Pete Knutson of Loki Fish Co.; Matt Marinkovich of Matt’s Fresh Fish; Amy

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Cliff White

Published on
November 1, 2018

San Diego, California, U.S.A.-based seafood processing company Catalina Offshore Products has received a Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant of USD 139,700 (EUR 122,500) to grow demand for opah and other underutilized and undervalued fish species.

Opah, also known as moonfish, is a pelagic fish caught seasonally off the coasts of California and Mexico. Opah can grow to be about the size of a car tire and can weigh up to 200 pounds, “yet a

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Jason Holland

Published on
November 1, 2018

New Zealand King Salmon (NZKS) has become the first New Zealand food business to join the world’s largest corporate citizenship initiative and one of a handful of the country’s businesses to sign the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. 

NZKS is one of 250 businesses worldwide to join the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. Led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment, these businesses have

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
November 1, 2018

A year after the Center for Biological Diversity filed a federal lawsuit against the state of California regarding its Dungeness crab fishery, the conservation nonprofit has requested the judge in the case issue a summary judgement ruling in its favor.

A lawyer for the CBD said the organization filed the motion for summary judgement last week in the U.S. District Court’s North California District in hopes of preventing more animals from

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Cliff White

Published on
October 31, 2018

A report from the Rainforest Foundation and the non-governmental organization Future in our Hands accuses three soy producers in Brazil of illegal deforestation, violently and illegally seizing land, using illegal pesticides, and using slave labor.

Brazilian soy giants Caramuru, Selecta, and Imcopa allegedly contracted with the producers in question, leading aquaculture firms who bought feed containing Brazilian soy to question whether their

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Chris Loew

Published on
October 31, 2018

The fourth Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium will be held at Iino Hall and Conference Center on 1 November. Started in 2015, the annual event hosted by Seafood Legacy and Nikkei Ecology – a monthly publication of Nikkei Business Publications – brings together business leaders throughout Japan to discuss issues surrounding smarter management of global fisheries resources. The all-day program will feature a wide range of speakers and

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
October 30, 2018

Authorities in Jiangsu Province’s recently issued a notice to “quit shrimp or close down” to the owners of up to 40,000 polytunnel-style covered shrimp ponds. 

The notice was published in local media in the Nantong region of Jiangsu Province and signed by the local government agricultural, water, and environment bureaus. Tighter enforcement of environmental regulations has seen wholesale closures of aquaculture facilities

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October 30, 2018

Thai Union Group PCL, Chicken of the Sea brand, and Monterey Bay Aquarium announced a new sustainability collaboration they’ve dubbed SeaChange IGNITE on 30 October. 

The initiative, announced at the Our Ocean conference in Bali, Indonesia, will focus on advancing sustainability and improvements in the supply chain, contributing to Thai Union’s overall sustainability goals. Combined, the organizations are committing USD 73

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