Category Archives: Consumers / Public

FISH Welfare: “Are we wrong to assume fish can’t feel pain?”… “Fish feel pain because we refuse to”

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“ASIAN food industry is facing a sustainability crisis” – Sustainable Foods Summit: Key Outcomes & GHGe & LCA figures

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TRANSPARENCY & traceability: M&S launches interactive map showing where fish or seafood is either caught or farmed: 47 species & 71 fisheries plotted

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FAIR Trade USA & the ASC partner to pilot the Fair Trade “add-on” to some ASC-certified farms; of ASC’s Improver Programme

Fair Trade USA, the leading certifier of Fair Trade products in North America, and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), the leading certification and labelling program for responsible aquaculture, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pilot Fair Trade USA’s requirements in some ASC-certified fish farms, it was announced on October 9, 2018.

Through this collaboration, the organizations will implement Fair Trade USA’s innovative model of responsible business and conscious consumption in certified fish farms adhering to the robust environmental and social criteria of the ASC standard. The pilot will also examine how the Fair Trade program can work as a ladder towards ASC certification within the framework of ASC’s newly formed “Improver Programme.”

Chris Ninnes, CEO of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, signs MOU with Julie Kuchepatov, Seafood Director of Fair Trade USA, to pilot Fair Trade USA’s requirements in some ASC-certified fish farms.

The Fair Trade model enables sustainable livelihoods for fishermen around the world while empowering them to improve their communities via the Community Development Fund – additional income earned for every pound of Fair Trade Certified™ seafood sold.  To date, there are nine Fair Trade Certified seafood supply chains and several more in the pipeline.

ASC distinguishes fish farms that operate to the highest social and environmental standards. ASC standards are created in a transparent, multi-stakeholders process and are reviewed at regular intervals to ensure that the requirements remain robust, reflecting best global practices. With the launch of ASC’s Improver Programme, producers can now receive guidance on how to improve their farming methods. The goal of the program is to leverage market forces by attracting producers at all stages on the journey towards sustainability to drive improvements in those areas where the biggest change can be achieved.   Continue reading FAIR Trade USA & the ASC partner to pilot the Fair Trade “add-on” to some ASC-certified farms; of ASC’s Improver Programme

‘MASS resignation’ of 14/17 members of Iceland National Culinary Team over ‘unsustainably farmed salmon’

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HUMANE production & avoiding antibiotics usage: “may increase attractiveness of farmed fish & seafood for U.S. consumers”

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GREENPEACE campaign yields success: Voluntary krill no-fishing zones good for Antarctica, “next step must be more protected areas” – WWF

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IRELAND: “….we would like more people to be aware of what happens in our waters and of how Irish seafood is sustainably produced” – BIM CEO

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SURVEY: Nearly half of US consumers avoid GMO foods, primarily concerned re. health impact; “What is the right amount of disclosure?”

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TASMANIAN salmon farming: PhD research highlights “Consistency in what is perceived to be a lack of transparency about information upon which decisions are made”

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GM Salmon in Canada: Quebec GMO-watchers identify two seafood importers who allegedly imported 4.5t of transgenic salmon sold unlabelled to consumers

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SEACHOICE new online resource “lets Canadians compare seafood retailers for sustainability”: Of transparency, commitments & achievements

Continue reading SEACHOICE new online resource “lets Canadians compare seafood retailers for sustainability”: Of transparency, commitments & achievements

‘WILD Salmon Defenders Alliance’ & ‘Wild Fish Conservancy Northwest’ urge for “international collaboration for a fish farm free Pacific coast”; Cooke escape aftermath

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42,000+ signatures: Petition at Scottish Parliament calls for “wastewater testing at salmon farming operations to save wild [salmon]”

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MARKET for antibiotic-free seafood & premium shrimp grown to highest social & environmental standards “will grow quickly” – SSP

Continue reading MARKET for antibiotic-free seafood & premium shrimp grown to highest social & environmental standards “will grow quickly” – SSP

ILLEGALLY-labelled (Marine Harvest) salmon imported from Vietnam seized in China… just as PM Nicola Sturgeon on trade mission in China

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SUSTAINABLE Shrimp Partnership sees new U.S. SIMP transparency as “significant milestone in empowering consumers to choose shrimp grown to highest standards”

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IKEA, Coles and John West support Australia’s first Sustainable Seafood Week launch: MSC & ASC-certified seafood

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