Category Archives: UN SDGs

THAI Union addresses world leaders on combating modern slavery at United Nations General Assembly

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UN Global Compact launching today the Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business; Norwegian Gov’t & Cermaq are partners

Continue reading UN Global Compact launching today the Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business; Norwegian Gov’t & Cermaq are partners

World’s#1 tuna firm Thai Union releases GRI G4-indexed 2017 Sustainability Report 

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CERMAQ first corporation to joins UN Global Compact Ocean Action Platform; Release of 2017 Sustainability Report

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14 SUSTAINABLE Finance Principles launched to guide investments in rising Blue Economy; incl. in fisheries & aquaculture… “Precautionary Principle will prevail”

On March 8, 2018, at the World Ocean Summit taking place in Mexico, the European Commission launched in partnership with the European Investment Bank, the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit (ISU) and WWF, the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles.

“These are voluntary principles that will guide responsible investments to counter the many stresses that oceans are subject to, from overfishing and rising sea levels to plastic pollution. Earlier this year, the EU High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance had recommended in its final report that the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles be adopted and implemented by the finance community. As a result, initial commitments have already been made by Althelia Ecosphere, Aviva Investors, the BPCE Group, Seventure Partners, Willis Towers Watson and the World Bank. In signing up, investors and organisations commit to mainstream these principles in all new investment decisions.”

The launch is in line with the EU Commission’s Sustainable Finance Action Plan announced the previous day on March 8. The latter – among others – includes actions such as Incorporating sustainability in prudential requirements (the EC “will explore the feasibility of recalibrating capital requirements for banks (the so-called green supporting factor) for sustainable investments, when it is justified from a risk perspective, while ensuring that financial stability is safeguarded”) and “enhancing transparency in corporate reporting.”

According to OECD projections, by 2030, the ‘Blue Economy’ — defined as all economic sectors which have a direct or indirect link to the ocean — could outperform the growth of the global economy as a whole, both in terms of value added and employment. In the coming decade, marine energy, marine biotechnology, coastal tourism, transport and food production sectors could offer unprecedented development and investment opportunities. However, there is increasing evidence that losses in the ocean’s natural capital resulting from unsustainable economic activity is eroding the resource base on which such growth depends.

We will make information available on our investments and their social, environmental and economic impacts (positive and negative), with due respect to confidentiality. We will endeavour to report on progress in terms of implementation of these Principles

The 14 principles — listed below — include one specifically committing to “transparency”, a topic dear to Seafood Intelligence… Signatory parties also commit to taking a science-led and precautionary approach (“The precautionary principle will prevail, especially when scientific data is not available” […] “More broadly, we will endeavour to share scientific information and data on the marine environment.”).

The 14 Principles for Sustainable Ocean Finance can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/sites/maritimeaffairs/files/declaration-sustainable-blue-economy-finance-principles_en.pdf

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BUSINESS Action Platform for Oceans announced at Cermaq HQ; Focus on SDG14 Life Below Water

Continue reading BUSINESS Action Platform for Oceans announced at Cermaq HQ; Focus on SDG14 Life Below Water

“DESPITE several years of highly publicized efforts… Thai government has not taken the steps necessary to end forced labor on fishing boats” – HRW

Continue reading “DESPITE several years of highly publicized efforts… Thai government has not taken the steps necessary to end forced labor on fishing boats” – HRW

ANALYSIS will focus on global occupational health, safety standards & challenges facing 18 million people in global aquaculture industry; FAO-funded research

Continue reading ANALYSIS will focus on global occupational health, safety standards & challenges facing 18 million people in global aquaculture industry; FAO-funded research

WWF calls on WTO to end subsidized overfishing and illegal fishing; Position Paper for WTO members ahead of 11th Ministerial Conference

Continue reading WWF calls on WTO to end subsidized overfishing and illegal fishing; Position Paper for WTO members ahead of 11th Ministerial Conference

EC’s top scientific advisers publish opinion on Food from the Oceans; Role of mariculture/aquaculture & IMTA highlighted

Today (November 30, 2017), the High Level Group of the Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism has published (dated Nov. 29) a new 80-page scientific opinion on ‘Food from the Oceans’ titled “Food from the Oceans – How can more food and biomass be obtained from the oceans in a way that does not deprive future generations of their benefits?”. The advisers were asked to look at how more food and biomass can be obtained from the oceans in a way that does not deprive future generations of their benefits.

“The scientific evidence unambiguously points to sustainable “culture” and “capture” at lower trophic levels (i.e. levels in the ocean food web below the carnivore levels currently mostly exploited) as the way to bring about such an increase. Furthermore, the greatest and most feasible potential identified for expansion globally lies in mariculture (i.e. marine aquaculture) – notably of herbivore filter feeders (e.g. molluscs) for direct human consumption or, together with cultivated algae, as a more ecologically efficient source of feed for farmed marine carnivores (e.g. finfish, shrimp, etc.). At the same time, much still needs to be done to improve the management of capture fisheries in order to preserve this vital source of nutrition and livelihood for a significant proportion of the global population.”

The 80-page scientific opinion is  available online here: http://ec.europa.eu/research/sam/pdf/sam_food-from-oceans_report.pdf

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IPIFF underlines role insects for food & feed could play in answering global societal challenges at high-level EU event

Continue reading IPIFF underlines role insects for food & feed could play in answering global societal challenges at high-level EU event

EU fishing industry makes significant commitments to preserve and sustainably use ‘Our Oceans’

Continue reading EU fishing industry makes significant commitments to preserve and sustainably use ‘Our Oceans’

OUR Ocean kicks off in Malta: “The sea is a global common. It is Our Ocean because it belongs to humanity, to each and every human being” – Mogherini

Continue reading OUR Ocean kicks off in Malta: “The sea is a global common. It is Our Ocean because it belongs to humanity, to each and every human being” – Mogherini

VIGO Dialogue 2017: Calling for international commitment to human rights & decent work in fisheries value chains; Implementation of international instruments

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SUSTAINABILITY reporting: “… increasing transparency of reporting by the world’s largest companies” highlighted by World Seafood Congress

Below is an excerpt from the World Seafood Congress 2017 wrap-up meeting on September 14  in Reykjavík Iceland 2017 – Based on inputs from Matís experts and chairs of sessions at the World Seafood Congress. The comments pertaining to “increasing transparency” by the world’s largest seafood companies follow the September 11, 2017 WSC  presentation by Seafood Intelligence editor Bertrand Charron, titled “Transparency & Sustainability Reporting in the Global Seafood Industry”:

Full highlighted Outcomes from the WSC 2017 here: https://wsc2017.com/2017/09/18/highlighted-outcomes-from-the-world-seafood-congress-in-reykjavik-iceland-2017/

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“Being sustainable has become a ‘ticket to trade’ for BioMar”; Transparency important to customers & “one of corporate guiding principles” – CEO

Continue reading “Being sustainable has become a ‘ticket to trade’ for BioMar”; Transparency important to customers & “one of corporate guiding principles” – CEO

Seafood Intelligence releases Transparency ratings of salmon & feed firms operating in Chile & disclosures re. Women in executive teams

Read the article published by Aqua.cl / Editec on September 6, 2017: “Seafood Intelligence details the most transparent companies in the salmon industry

[+TABLAS] Seafood Intelligence detalla las empresas más transparentes de la industria del salmón

This and much – much – more in the full 840-page 2017 ‘Salmon’ Benchmark: http://www.seafoodintell.com/?page_id=16

SMALL-scale fisheries are no “relics of a bygone age”: New study maps policy dilemmas affecting those who provide most of the fish we eat

Continue reading SMALL-scale fisheries are no “relics of a bygone age”: New study maps policy dilemmas affecting those who provide most of the fish we eat