Environment & Sustainability

Published on
April 17, 2017

Friend of the Sea sustainability certification has been approved for ingredients containing omega-3 EPA and DHA used in products within Royal DSM’s MEG-3 brand. 

The fish oil for MEG-3 and MEG-3 Ultra ingredients originate from fisheries with Friend of the Sea-approved purse-seine fleets. The fisheries are managed according to sustainable criteria, with highly selective fishing methods and from stocks that are neither overfished nor ov… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
April 14, 2017

A provincial court in Thailand has sentenced six people to lengthy prison terms for illegally trafficking migrant workers onto fishing vessels.

The defendants, who were each given 14-year prison sentences, include Sompon Jirotemontree, the former chairman of the Trang Fishing Association and owner of Boonlarp Fishing L.P., and Somjit Srisawang, who allegedly supplied Sompon’s business with trafficked workers from Myanmar.  Additionally… Read More

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
April 14, 2017

The North Sea herring fishery has achieved recertification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), meaning products utilizing herring caught from the fishery will continue to bear the MSC blue ecolabel, signifying sustainability. 

The vessels that fish for herring in the North Sea include those operated by the Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group and the Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association (England, France, Germany, Lithuania and the Net… Read More

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Christine Blank

Published on
April 14, 2017

Rainbow trout supplier Piscifactoria Del Alba recently became the first aquaculture operation in Spain to gain Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification. 

“Currently, the European market is demanding companies to be more socially and environmentally responsible,” said Fidel Cabero Díaz, quality and food safety manager of Piscifactoria del Alba S.A. “Our company has been working for years to be respectful wi… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
April 12, 2017

The Italian arm of the German discount supermarket chain Lidl has adopted a new policy for sourcing more sustainable seafood.

The policy seeks to improve the sustainability score of both the wild-caught seafood and aquaculture products sold in Lidl’s 552 stores in Italy, primarily through buying more products with sustainability certifications, including the Marine Stewardship Council and Aquaculture Stewardship Council ticks, and the Frien… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
April 10, 2017

The Global Ghost Gear Initiative, a multi-stakeholder alliance dedicated to tackling the problem of ghost fishing gear at a global scale, has released a best-practice framework for reducing ghost fishing gear from the world’s marine habitats.

More than 40 seafood, fishing industry, NGO, and government stakeholders had input into the best practices, and feedback is currently being welcomed on the guidelines, the organization said.

Abandoned,… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
April 10, 2017

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) is encouraging Liberia to safeguard its artisanal fisheries by installing a ring-fence along its six-nautical-mile inshore exclusion zone.

EJF’s notice comes in response to a plan in the West African nation to reduce or fully eliminate its IEZ along its 579-kilometer coastline.

 “The six-nautical-mile limit is crucial to the well-being of hundreds of thousands of Liberians living in coas… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
April 6, 2017

A website that tracks the progress of fishery improvement projects (FIPs) worldwide has been updated with progress ratings maintained by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership.

The site, FisheryProgress.org, now includes A to E progress ratings for more than 40 FIPs currently listed, and will be updated as each FIP provides its biannual progress update, according to a press release from FishChoice, which administers the site.

“Ratings inform… Read More

Published on
April 6, 2017

Fish stocks in the Mediterranean are deteriorating at an alarming rate, with 93 percent of assessed stocks at an over-exploited level, according to studies compiled by the European Commission’s Scientific Technical Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC). 

In addition, the analyses find that the Mediterranean Sea has lost 41 percent of its marine mammals and 34 percent of its total fish population o… Read More

Published on
April 5, 2017

Premier Inn has become the world’s largest Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified national hotel chain, with a total of 635 locations now serving seafood with the blue MSC label.

All Premier Inn restaurant brands, including Beefeater, Brewer’s Fayre and Table Table, will feature the MSC “blue tick” on their menus. 

As a result, an extra three million certified sustainable portions of fish and chips will be served … Read More