Hagen Stehr, CEO of Clean Seas Tuna in Port Lincoln, Australia, today was presented the Friend of the Sea Award 2008 for his efforts in sustainable seafood production.
Stehr was presented the award during the Infofish Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, for the company's creation of an artificial breeding program for southern bluefin tuna.
"The Friend of the Sea Award aims at encouraging and motivating seafood companies to lower their… Read More
The Solidarity Center reiterated its accusations of ongoing worker abuses at Thai and Bangladeshi shrimp farms and processing facilities on Wednesday at a Department of Labor hearing in Washington, D.C.
The National Fisheries Institute of McLean, Va., again criticized the organization for failing to provide specific information about the companies responsible for the abuses alleged in its April report, "The True Cost of Shrimp."
"This is… Read More
The Global Aquaculture Alliance announced yesterday that it is seeking nominations for its new Standards Oversight Committee, which will oversee and help implement the organization's Best Aquaculture Practices.
"The ratification of the role and responsibility of the SOC in the governance and oversight of the BAP standards has been a lengthy and painstaking process, in which input from many groups was sought and incorporated into the committee… Read More
Cooke Aquaculture will open a farmed Atlantic salmon processing plant in early 2009 in Machiasport, Maine.
Mike Cooke, COO of Cooke USA, speaking at yesterday's dedication ceremony for the National Cold Water Marine Aquaculture Center in Franklin, Maine, said the company has invested more than $60 million in Maine's aquaculture industry.
"Over the past four years we have established a strong reputation for our company and for the… Read More
A delegation of Canadian and Chilean environmentalists, tourism officials and Native Americans visited Oslo, Norway, last week to protest the state of the salmon-farming industries in Canada, Chile and Norway.
The delegation, which included representatives from the T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation, Pure Salmon Campaign, Wilderness Tourism Association and Canada's Inuit and Chile's Mapuche-Huilliche native populations, pressed for… Read More
Millions of carp fingerlings will soon be distributed to fish farms across central and southern Iraq as part of the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Inma agribusiness program, a joint effort of the U.S. military, the State Department and Iraqi farmers.
Inma will purchase $3 million in fingerlings from the Euphrates Fish Farm hatchery. The fingerlings could generate 12 million tons of carp worth approximately $90 million at… Read More
Vietnamese seafood processor and exporter Bianfishco will build a pangasius research institute to improve the cultivation of the species, according to news reports.
The center, to be named "Pangasius Bianfishco Vietnam," will be located in Can Tho City, next to the company's production and processing facilities. Bianfishco is recruiting aquaculture experts from Vietnam and abroad.
"With due investment in human resource and technological… Read More
Greenpeace on Thursday released a follow-up of its ranking of food retailers' environmental compliance with seafood products.
Axfood, of Sweden, was one company that earned a top ranking on the updated list. The retailer recently adopted a new seafood policy that prohibits sourcing species from threatened stocks and marketing green-listed species certified as sustainable.
Axfood bases its stock assessments on the World Wildlife Fund's… Read More
The process of developing certification standards for farmed abalone is underway as part of the World Wildlife Fund's Aquaculture Dialogues, the Washington, D.C.-based conservation organization announced today.
The dialogues are designed to create measurable, performance-based certification standards that minimize or eliminate the key environmental and social impacts of farming seafood.
Currently, six dialogues are underway - salmon,… Read More
Last week, Johnson Chang, managing director of Global Hi-Q Bio-Tech International Sdn Bhd, launched the company's U.S. $4 million tiger grouper breeding farm in Teluk Dalam, in the Malaysian state of Perak.
Chang announced that the second phase of the project has already been started, following the completion of the breeding farm. An additional 20 hectares in the Pangkor Forest Reserve has also been acquired to host future expansion of the… Read More