WWF welcomed on Monday July 9, 2018, the announcement of a voluntary krill fishery closure along the Antarctic Peninsula by five fishing companies who make up the Association of Responsible Krill Harvesting companies (ARK), and which represent 85% of the krill fishing industry in the Antarctic: the world’s largest krill fishing company, Aker BioMarine (Norway), Pesca Chile (Chile), Insung (South Korea), Rimfrost (Norway) and China National Fisheries Corporation (China). The companies have also pledged to support the scientific and political process for the creation of a network of large-scale marine protected areas in the Antarctic, including areas in which they currently operate.
Aker BioMarine also says it will support the creation of marine sanctuaries in Antarctica through the establishment of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in coming years. “WWF welcomes the initiative by Aker BioMarine and other ARK members to voluntarily commit to protecting Antarctica and its extraordinary wildlife,” said Chris Johnson, Senior Manager of WWF’s Antarctic Programme.
The voluntary krill fishery closure comes as a direct result of a Greenpeace campaign to protect the Antarctic Ocean, backed by 1.7 million people globally; it was announced at the ‘Antarctic 360°’ Greenpeace event in Cambridge (UK). “The momentum for protection of the Antarctic’s waters and wildlife is snowballing. A huge movement of people globally has been joined by scientists, governments, celebrities and now even the companies fishing in the Antarctic. This is a bold and progressive move from these krill fishing companies, and we hope to see the remainder of the krill industry follow suit,” said Frida Bengtsson, Greenpeace Nordic Protect the Antarctic campaign.
Andrea Kavanagh, Director of Antarctic and Southern Ocean conservation, Pew Charitable Trusts, commented: “The Association of Responsible Krill harvesting companies’ support for the creation of a network of marine protected areas (MPAs), including large no-fishing zones, is a truly visionary step that more commercial fishing interests in Antarctica and around the world should follow. Cooperation among scientists, governments, industry, and conservation groups is the surest bet to protecting the 30 percent of the ocean that scientists tell us is needed to maintain global ocean health. We expect to see the Weddell Sea and waters off East Antarctica declared marine parks in October. Governments should follow industry’s lead and support MPAs.”
- Greenpeace press release (09.07.2018): Vast majority of krill fishing companies back call to protect Antarctic Ocean: https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/news/vast-majority-of-krill-fishing-companies-back-call-to-protect-antarctic-ocean
- Aker BioMarine (“the world’s leading supplier of krill”) press release (10.07.2018): ‘Krill fishing companies back call to protect Antarctic Ocean https://www.akerbiomarine.com/news/krill-fishing-companies-back-call-to-protect-antarctic-ocean
- Pew Environment article (09.07.2018) ‘Krill Fishing Companies Ager to No-Take Zone in the Antarctic’: http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2018/07/09/krill-fishing-companies-agree-to-notake-zones-in-the-antarctic
- The Guardian: Krill fishing firms back Antarctic ocean sanctuary (09.07.2018): https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/09/krill-fishing-firms-back-antarctic-ocean-sanctuary
The Chilean salmon farming & fishing company Camanchaca’s ranking in Seafood Intelligence’s latest Transparency Benchmark of the global salmon farming industry – and the inaugural launch of a Sustainability Report for the Fishing division and the recent MSC certification of its langostino lobster fisheries – has been highlighted on Tuesday (October 10, 2017) in Chile’s newspaper El Mercurio. The article is part of a special feature on ‘Fisheries and Sustainability’.
We are pleased to acknowledge Seafood Watch’s prompt response (via Twitter; September 24, 2017) in which it states it will amend its ‘Salmon’ advisory/incomplete ‘overview’ text:
This author had contended [September 18, 2017] that — from reading the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch’s [then] ‘Salmon’ recommendations overview — one could easily have been [mis]led to believe that almost all farmed salmon from e.g. Norway, Chile, Scotland is to be ‘no thanks’-avoided (Red-listed), as per its advisory.
However, this is/was NOT the case: Seafood Watch clearly states [since June 5, 2017] on its ‘Eco-certification’ tab that it “[…] recommends you purchase seafood from Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified salmon farms. […] We identified the ASC standard as equivalent to at least our yellow “Good Alternative” recommendation” [do also note the ‘at least‘ mention…].
We had highlighted that Seafood Watch salmon ‘overview’ recommendation text should be amended to ‘at least’ include a mention of ASC-certified salmon [the “unless it’s…” omits to include ASC-certified salmon]… This argument is/was all the more relevant since the number of ASC-certified marine net pen Atlantic salmon farms has grown substantially and is far from being negligible; with now ~600,000 tonnes of farmed salmon ASC-certified worldwide [precisely 209 farms representing a production capacity of 584,399t as of early September 2017]: a volume representing ~29% of all farmed Atlantic salmon and nearing the entire world supply of wild-caught salmon (including Alaska’s) – in 2016 GWE harvest terms.
Read also the article published (September 21, 2017) by SalmonBusiness.com, which highlighted this author’s views: “Seafood Watch program recommendations ‘misleading’, says editor”: http://salmonbusiness.com/seafood-watch-program-recommendations-misleading-says-editor/
Previously on SeafoodIntelligence.com:
- MISMATCH in Seafood Watch’s ‘Salmon’ recommendations: No mention/highlight of ASC-certified salmon being ‘at least’ equivalent to ‘good alternative’ in Overview September 21, 2017
- SEAFOOD Watch upgrades farmed Atl. salmon from BC but still RED-lists most of Chile, Scottish & Norwegian salmon & makes no mention of ASC-status… September 18, 2017
- “PROBLEMATIC”: SeaChoice rejects ranking of B.C. farmed salmon as “good alternative”; Transparency re. fish health quoted as being a major issue September 18, 2017
- YELLOW light: Seafood Watch program now recommends Atlantic salmon raised in British Columbia as a “good alternative” September 18, 2017