Environment & Sustainability
Seafood giant Thai Union and environmental groups including OceanMind and the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) are praising the European Commission’s decision to lift the yellow card warning it placed on Thailand’s seafood industry in 2015.
EJF Director Steve Trent, who predicted the removal of the yellow card as early as December 2016, said Thailand has made “significant and substantial improvements” to its… Read More
House Democrats on Tuesday, 8 January, introduced a series of bills that would block the Trump administration from permitting offshore drilling in various regions of the U.S. exclusive economic zone.
Opponents of offshore drilling claim the practice could devastate both the environment and the economies of coastal communities, with the fishing industry particularly at risk.
“President Trump’s dangerous plans for offshore drilling… Read More
The latest technical paper on catch documentation schemes from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), discusses how such schemes benefit, or could benefit, deep-sea fisheries by protecting them from illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
The paper’s author, Giles Hosch, found in his research that catch documentation schemes (CDS) are a useful tool for addressing the IUU fishing practices known… Read More
Attorneys for fishermen who seek to overturn a marine monument designation – and a subsequent fishing ban – for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts said they plan to file documents in federal court this week that could trigger future hearings on the case.
Jonathan Wood, an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, told SeafoodSource through a spokesperson that he expects opening briefs to be due next month, but he added that… Read More
An agreement signed by state, federal, and trial officials after many years of deliberations has resulted in changes to the spill policies on the Snake and Columbia rivers that will benefit young salmon, according to The Seattle Times.
While the agreement is expected to increase the chance of survival of young fish, it was also careful to take into account the needs of the hydroelectricity companies that use the dams to create energy, so… Read More
Ireland’s government has announced there will be a ban on trawlers over 18 meters in length operating inside six nautical miles of the country’s coast. The new regulations will come into effect from January 2020.
The decision follows an extensive public consultation process, initiated in April 2018, which attracted over 900 submissions from interested parties.
Confirming the move, Michael Creed, Ireland’s minister for… Read More
With the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games around the corner, environmental advocates have ramped up the pressure on the host country to commit to serving only seafood certified by third-party accredited sustainability schemes.
Currently, the language of the Tokyo Organizing Committee’s Sustainable Sourcing Code for Fishery Products sets the bar for approval for seafood sustainability at meeting the United Nations Food and Agriculture… Read More
Sustainability has become a buzzword in the seafood industry in recent years, a prerequisite for doing business in the 21st century.
But with the advent of real effects of climate change being felt in fisheries and aquaculture operations around the world, paying attention to environmental news is no longer shunted off to corporate sustainability officers.
In 2018, even more evidence was presented that increasing water… Read More
The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership released its latest sector report on mahi, finding that the biggest obstacle to the fishery reaching its “Target 75” goal is a lack of data in the fishery.
The report, released on 19 December, indicates that 59.3 percent of the mahi fishery can be considered either sustainable or improving. That number is largely related to eight fishery improvement projects (FIP) covering the mahi fishery,… Read More
A newly formed industry body aims to encourage more sustainable practices in Hong Kong’s thriving seafood sector.
The Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition was formed in December 2018 promote the consumption of responsibly sourced marine species. The new organization, which is modeled on the Sustainable Seafood Coalition in the United Kingdom, seeks to bring together seafood distributors, caterers, and retailers “to promote… Read More