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MSC certification of “Echebastar” Fishery: “WWF is [still] most concerned…” Objections were all dismissed & WWF doesn’t recommend these MSC-cert tunas…

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MSC announces changes to labour reporting, objections and stakeholder engagement

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MSC Study: “Seafood consumers want less pollution and more fish in the sea”

Continue reading MSC Study: “Seafood consumers want less pollution and more fish in the sea”

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

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.”

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

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

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

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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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75 Octopus Sector Report; Only small fraction of global octopus fisheries can be classified as sustainable, FIPs have important role to play – SFP

Continue reading 75 Octopus Sector Report; Only small fraction of global octopus fisheries can be classified as sustainable, FIPs have important role to play – SFP

WALMART HQ ‘Sustainability Summit’: “Our goal is to build transparency and continuous improvement with the seafood supply chain”

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STILL On The Hook… “Momentum for reform in the MSC has become unstoppable”; Campaign keeps pushing for “wholly, rather than partial” MSC-certification of fisheries

Continue reading STILL On The Hook… “Momentum for reform in the MSC has become unstoppable”; Campaign keeps pushing for “wholly, rather than partial” MSC-certification of fisheries

MSC process transparent & scientifically robust, encourages stakeholder input – MSC responds to critics; “We stand by the credibility of our program”

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WWF urges MSC to adopt key reforms: “WWF does expect to see strong, more specific and more immediate commitments” – John Tanzer

Continue reading WWF urges MSC to adopt key reforms: “WWF does expect to see strong, more specific and more immediate commitments” – John Tanzer

‘CRITICAL Improvements needed’: 66 eNGOs & academics write to MSC Chairman to highlight “key flaws in the MSC Standard”

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MSC sets out agenda to strengthen assurance model and announces key changes to certification requirements

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ASC logo accounted for largest growth out of the 9 labels surveyed in Dutch market: +78%… 65% of seafood now labelled either MSC/ASC

Continue reading ASC logo accounted for largest growth out of the 9 labels surveyed in Dutch market: +78%… 65% of seafood now labelled either MSC/ASC

COOKE acquires Omega Protein (“on track to be approved by the MSC”) for US$500 million; Strategic move into feed business

Continue reading COOKE acquires Omega Protein (“on track to be approved by the MSC”) for US$500 million; Strategic move into feed business