Environment & Sustainability

Published on
July 25, 2017
microbeads

Michael Gove, the U.K. government’s environment secretary, has pledged action to reduce the amount of plastic waste in oceans, including introducing a ban on the manufacture and sale of microbeads, which appear in many cosmetics and personal hygiene products such as toothpastes and shower gels but are subsequently being consumed by marine life.

During a speech entitled “Delivering a Green Brexit,” Gove highlighted that 8 million… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
July 24, 2017
SeaChoice Canada

The Canadian nonprofit SeaChoice is changing its mission in an effort to become Canada’s “leading sustainable seafood watchdog.”

SeaChoice was founded in 2006 as a partnership between the David Suzuki Foundation, the Ecology Action Centre, and the Living Oceans Society. Previously focused on increasing consumer awareness of sustainable seafood via distribution of a sustainable seafood buying guide similar to that of the Monterey… Read More

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
July 24, 2017

The International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF) will be using new funding from Research Council U.K.’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to conduct social research on Indonesia’s small-scale coastal tuna fishing communities, it announced on 21 July. 

The funding comes under the Blue Communities project, which is led by Plymouth Marine Laboratory in collaboration with the University of Plymouth, the University of Exeter, i… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
July 21, 2017

An eighth North Atlantic right whale has been found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in eastern Canada, and another right whale was been spotted ensnared in fishing gear.

North Atlantic right whales are considered critically endangered, with fewer than 500 individuals remaining, and any reduction in the population is considered a blow to the species’ chance of recovery. 

The dead whale was spotted by plane on Wednesday, 19 July by the … Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

Published on
July 20, 2017

A domestically produced satellite system is changing management of Chinese fisheries, according to officials overseeing South China Sea ports during the ongoing summer fishing moratorium. 

Chinese fishery officials claim the country’s Beidou satellite system – touted as a replacement for the U.S.-based GPS satellite system – is helping it monitor trawlers and better enforce its fishery ban while also ensuring better sa… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
July 19, 2017

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) announced its certification of cod caught by Scottish and English boats in the North Sea on Tuesday, 18 July, saying shoppers and diners “can finally buy the popular fish with a clear conscience.”

Cod stocks in the North Sea cratered around 10 years ago, with the annual catch dropping from historical highs around 270,000 metric tons (MT) in the 1970s to 44,000 MT in 2006. However, MSC said in its a… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
July 17, 2017

The National Fisheries Society (SNP), the trade group representing the fishing industry in Peru, took part in Peru’s Sustainability Festival in Lima on 15 July.

Organized by Peru 2021, a government-aligned initiative aiming to improve sustainable practices in the country,  the festival aimed to publicize the achievements and efforts of government and industry towards more efficient use of resources and better care of the environment.

A… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
July 17, 2017

The European Union’s advisory councils on long distance fleet, markets, and the Mediterranean Sea have suggested new guidelines in an effort to prevent, deter, and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The E.U.’s Advisory Councils are stakeholder-led organizations that provide the European Commission and E.U. member states with recommendations on fisheries management issues. The councils are composed of represen… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
July 14, 2017

Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans closed part of the country’s snow crab fishery two days before the season ended in a response to the death of whale rescue specialist Joe Howlett on 10 July. Howlett was killed while disentangling an endangered North Atlantic right whale from snow crab fishing gear and lines.

In addition, both Canada the United States announced the suspension of efforts to free large whales trapped in fishin… Read More

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Cliff White

Published on
July 13, 2017

After a lengthy campaign by Greenpeace aimed at bringing attention to illegal fishing and labor issues in its supply chain, Thai Union has agreed to work with the environmental nonprofit to improve its business practices.

The Bangkok, Thailand-based seafood giant, which owns brands including Chicken of the Sea and John West, recorded THB 134 billion (USD 3.8 billion, EUR 3.3 billion) in sales in 2016, making it one of the largest seafood companie… Read More