Environment & Sustainability

Published on
November 30, 2017

Open Blue cobia, which is farmed in Panama, has been upgraded to a “good alternative” by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch seafood sustainability rankings.

According to Open Blue, the cobia had previously not been recommended by the Seafood Watch program because of the feed ratio required to raise the fish. The company has been able to reduce the amount of fishmeal and fish oil used to raise its cobia, Open Blue Executive Vi… Read More

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
November 27, 2017

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas concluded its annual conference in Morocco last week, and while the decision to raise bluefin tuna catch limits drew the most attention, the commission made decisions – or in one case, didn’t – on a few other important issues as well.

The commission’s decision to implement harvest control rules as part of its management plan for North Atlantic albacore tun… Read More

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
November 22, 2017

Conservation groups reacted with outrage after the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) concluded its annual conference, as the member nations decided to increase catch limits on bluefin tuna.

ICCAT’s decision to raise eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin limits to 36,000 tons by 2020 represents a 50 percent increase from current levels. The move prompted fears the species that was threatened due to … Read More

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Aaron Orlowski

Published on
November 21, 2017

LED lights can help reduce bycatch by aiding the escape of Chinook salmon from Pacific hake trawl nets, according to a study done by researchers at the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Northwest Fisheries Science Center.

The lights influence where salmon exit bycatch-reducing windows in the hake nets, and could increase the total number of salmon that escape, the researchers say. In a series of tests in 2015, the lights seemed t… Read More

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Jewel Fraser

Published on
November 21, 2017

Trinidad and Tobago's Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) recently deployed a water quality monitoring buoy with the aid of local fishermen, in response to ongoing tensions between the artisanal fishers and big industry over the source of pollution in the Gulf of Paria and subsequent fish kills.

The buoy, which was deployed approximately a mile and a half from the Claxton Bay Fishing Depot at a location chosen by the fishermen in the Gulf of Paria,… Read More

Published on
November 21, 2017

A group of members of Parliament in the United Kingdom is calling for the Marine Stewardship Council to change its standards to eliminate its allowance of tuna-fishing boats to catch both certified and non-certified fish in the same trip.

The group includes Richard Benyon, Zac Goldsmith, James Heappey, and John McNally. All are affiliated with the “On the Hook” advocacy group, which was created earlier this year to challenge the MSC&r… Read More

Published on
November 20, 2017

Using tracking research courtesy of Global Fishing Watch, environmental nonprofit Oceana is now tracing interactions between sharks and commercial fishing.

Oceana recently published a report revealing the overlay between sharks and commercial fishing activity on the East Coast of the United States.

The research is notable for its efforts to better identify how sharks are caught as bycatch in commercial fishing efforts. Every year, between 63 and … Read More

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Jason Holland

Published on
November 20, 2017

Eight Indonesian fishers have been placed on good behavior bonds in the Darwin Magistrates Court after being caught fishing illegally in Australian waters last month. Their vessel was also confiscated and destroyed at a facility in Darwin, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) confirmed.

The master, who was a first time offender, pleaded guilty to two offences under the Fisheries Management Act 1991, was convicted and received two … Read More

Published on
November 16, 2017

The Organization of Associated Producers of Large Freezer Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC), an amalgamation of nine Spanish companies that own tuna seiners, announced last month that it is developing new environmental and social standards for the global tuna-fishing fleet.

The group announced the move at the 2017 Our Oceans Conference in Malta, pledging to align its own fishing practices with the standards by the end of the current year, according to OPAGA… Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

Published on
November 16, 2017

There are increased signs of worry in China’s aquaculture sector over tightening environmental rules. 

In the past month, 30 illegal aquaculture sites were closed and removed from the Dongting Lake area in Hunan Province, a key region for freshwater crab and fish production.

An "Animal Husbandry Pollution Task Force" had promised to clear out “unlicensed breeding operations” – which includes pig and fish farms –… Read More