Environment & Sustainability

Published on
January 12, 2018

The Organization of Associated Producers of Large Freezer Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC), an amalgamation of nine Spanish companies that own a combined 15 tuna seiners involved in tuna fishing around the Seychelles, is calling on the remainder of the regional tuna fleet to remove fish-aggregating devices (FADs) from the waters around the island nation.

In September 2016, in concert with the Seychelles Fisheries Authority, the Island Conservation Society,… Read More

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Jason Holland

Published on
January 9, 2018
microbeads

A ban on the manufacture of products containing so-called “microbeads” has come into force in the United Kingdom in an attempt to reduce plastics entering oceans.

Microbeads are used in many different cosmetic products such as face scrubs, toothpastes and shower gels, but it is estimated that trillions of the tiny pieces of plastic are currently in the world's oceans, where they are being ingested by marine life, including fish and cr… Read More

Published on
January 5, 2018

The nonprofit Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) has announced the creation of a new fishery improvement project (FIP) focusing on tuna, swordfish, and mahi fishing in Costa Rica.

Chefs Trading, a Washington, D.C.-based seafood buyer, has stepped up to become the FIP’s principal financial backer, with assistance from other seafood companies operating in the country, including Seattle Fish Co. and Lakewood, New Jersey-based Trinity Seaf… Read More

Published on
January 3, 2018

Open Blue, a Panama City, Panama-based aquaculture firm specializing in cobia, has earned Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification following a successful audit in December 2017.

The milestone is significant as Open Blue is the first aquaculture firm to earn ASC certification for cobia farming, according to the company. 

“Our innovative approach is to raise and harvest fish miles offshore in their natural ocean habitat in a r… Read More

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
January 2, 2018

A U.S. federal appeals court ruled last month that a decision to expand longline swordfishing in Hawaii was arbitrary and went against laws designed to protect endangered species, namely loggerhead sea turtles.

The decision rendered by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals partially overturns a federal district court ruling that allowed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to issue a permit in 2012 to the National Marine Fisheries Service. Earthjustic… Read More

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Colin Bennett

Published on
January 2, 2018

Chile’s Fisheries and Aquaculture undersecretary Subpesca announced it would limit bottom trawling practices in 98 percent of its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), a measure authorities and NGOs said reaffirms the government’s support for a more sustainable fishing industry.

According to a Subpesca statement, the announcement was made jointly with Oceana Chile, and freezes the fishing footprint for common hake, crustacean, and demersal s… Read More

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Brian Hagenbuch

Published on
December 31, 2017

NOAA Fisheries adopted in December two Endangered Species Act (ESA) recovery plans for three different species in the Snake River basin. The recovery plans, which NOAA is required to adopt by the ESA, have the goal of delisting regional spring and summer Chinook and steelhead as well as fall Chinook salmon.

NOAA had already adopted a recovery plan for regional sockeye salmon, which are protected by the ESA alongside the other three species target… Read More

Published on
December 22, 2017

After a last-ditch effort to save the critically endangered vaquita failed in November, conservation-focused NGOs filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration to force action on their call for a ban on seafood imports from Mexico’s Gulf of California.

According to media reports, a USD 4 million (EUR 3.4 million) plan to capture the estimated 30 remaining vaquita – a small porpoise native to the Northern Gulf of California – … Read More

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Chris Loew

Published on
December 21, 2017

Ishihara Marine Products Co. Ltd. of Yaizu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan has entered its pole-and-line skipjack and albacore tuna fisheries for assessment against the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards.

The assessment, which will cover stock health, impact on the marine environment and management of the fishery, will be carried out by an independent assessment body, ME Certification Ltd., Michiko Makino, MSC Japan Communications Manage… Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

Published on
December 20, 2017

China’s fisheries authorities have launched a pilot inspection program for Chinese vessels operating in Latin American waters, following accusations of illegal fishing in Ecuador.

The Fisheries Vessels Inspection Bureau at the Ministry of Agriculture, which oversees fisheries, hosted a meeting in Beijing recently at which bureau director Li Chang Jian announced the pilot. He said the project would “improve the quality” of i… Read More