Environment & Sustainability

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Published on
July 12, 2017
Joe Howlett

Joe Howlett, a leading expert in disentangling whales entrapped in fishing gear, died on 10 July while engaged in a rescue operation.

Howlett was on a Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) fast-response vessel, attempting to disentangle an endangered North Atlantic right whale off the coast of New Brunswick, Canada, when he died, according to a department press release.

“Taking part in whale rescue operations requires immense bravery and… Read More

Published on
July 11, 2017

A new law in Sri Lanka that outlaws bottom trawling has angered fishermen in India, who have organized a strike to protest the move.

The law makes it illegal to either fish from, operate, or own a boat engaged in bottom trawling. It creates a penalty of a LKR 50,000 (USD 325, EUR 285) fine and up to two years of imprisonment for the offense. Foreign fishing vessels found to be engaged in bottom trawling or in importing equipment used in the … Read More

Published on
July 10, 2017

Sea Pact, a nonprofit collaborative group of nine North American seafood companies, has announced a partnership with the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, in an effort to increase seafood sustainability.

The Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions works to connect conservation groups that work with businesses representing more than 80 percent of the North American grocery and institutional food service markets. 

“Sea Pac… Read More