Environment & Sustainability

Published on
September 10, 2018

A necropsy of a North Atlantic right whale carcass found floating near Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on 27 August revealed that the animal most likely died from drowning after being entangled in fishing gear. This is the second confirmed right whale mortality in 2018, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

An endangered species, the North Atlantic right whale population suffered an approximate four

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Jewel Fraser

Published on
September 7, 2018

The National Fisheries Society of Peru (SNP) and The Nature Conservancy recently renewed a technical agreement to collaborate on information and science for improved fishery management.

In a press release, SNP noted that the one-year agreement will see the two organizations working together on research activities and information gathering, as well as with national and international academic institutions to further studies on modern fisheries

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Chris Loew

Published on
September 7, 2018

The fourteenth regular session of the Northern Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) finishes up Friday, 7 September, after three days of meetings in Fukuoka, Japan.

The committee has been considering a draft conservation management measure for a Pacific bluefin tuna catch documentation scheme. General goals for tuna management were already outlined at the committee’s December meeting in Manila, the

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Colin Bennett

Published on
September 5, 2018

Chile is moving forward with plans to limit bottom-trawling in the country, despite warnings from one of the nation's largest unions that tens of thousands of jobs could be lost or affected by the decision.

Chilean authorities announced in January of this year that it would limit bottom-trawling in 98 percent of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The changes were set to take effect in September, and Chilean Fisheries and Aquaculture

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Chris Chase

Published on
September 5, 2018

A new initiative called “Fishcoin” could be the key to incentivizing data collection by fishers and fish farmers in developing nations. 

The brainchild of Singapore's Eachmile Technologies, Fishcoin is a new way to give seafood harvesters in developing nations an incentive to collect data on their catch. Utilizing blockchain technology, Fishcoin will give fishermen tokens for topping up their mobile phone data plans in exchange

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
September 5, 2018

A bill that would end the use of drift gillnets for harvesting swordfish and thresher sharks in California now only needs the governor’s signature to become law.

Last week, the California Assembly voted 78-0 to pass SB 1017, which calls for eliminating the controversial nets over a four-year period. The nation’s most populous state is also the only one that still allows the use of the nets to collect swordfish and thresher sharks.

In

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Cliff White

Published on
August 31, 2018

The Marine Stewardship Council has announced an overhaul of its certification process after a review that lasted more than two years.

The changes include a new requirement that MSC-certified fisheries declare they are free from forced labor and child labor, and changes to the timeline of both when stakeholder input is accepted and to the dispute resolution process between parties seeking an MSC certification and those who have objections to an

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Published on
August 31, 2018

Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A.-based retailer Meijer has agreed to share its seafood sourcing practices as part of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP), an initiative that has been opted into by several suppliers and retailers around the world.

Meijer, like the project’s other participants, has a public profile hosted on the ODP website that lists all of the fisheries that supply the retailer’s

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
August 31, 2018

Taiwan’s large distant-water fishing fleet is a major supplier of tuna to global markets, but it has been accused of misconduct on the high seas, including engaging in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. 

In 2015, Taiwan was issued a “yellow card” warning by the European Commission, and in 2016, it was threatened with a red card, which would have resulted in a ban on imports to the European Union of fish

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
August 30, 2018

The Pew Charitable Trusts has come out in opposition to a Japanese company’s attempt to get its Atlantic bluefin tuna longline fishery certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.

Last week, the council announced Usufuku Honten Co. Ltd. began the assessment process for the voluntary certification. It marked the first bluefin fishery to be assessed. Control Union Pesca Ltd. will perform the independent review, focusing on the Dai-ichi

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