Category Archives: Multi-stakeholder Process

Government, First Nations chart path for aquaculture in Broughton Archipelago

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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

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

SCOTTISH Government announces new initiative to improve health of wild salmon

Continue reading SCOTTISH Government announces new initiative to improve health of wild salmon

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

TRAGEDY of the Commons? Of “competing interests” between forestry & aquaculture industries in Tasmania… “Leadership” sought from Government…

Continue reading TRAGEDY of the Commons? Of “competing interests” between forestry & aquaculture industries in Tasmania… “Leadership” sought from Government…

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

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

SALT 101: Seafood Alliance for Legality & Traceability webinar & Survey re. most challenging issues around traceability

Continue reading SALT 101: Seafood Alliance for Legality & Traceability webinar & Survey re. most challenging issues around traceability

CERMAQ Canada voluntarily agrees not to sell as ASC product any salmon from sites currently experiencing sea lice counts exceeding regulatory & historical levels

Continue reading CERMAQ Canada voluntarily agrees not to sell as ASC product any salmon from sites currently experiencing sea lice counts exceeding regulatory & historical levels

TRANSPARENCY & traceability: Lidl UK becomes first UK-based discounter to join Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP)

Continue reading TRANSPARENCY & traceability: Lidl UK becomes first UK-based discounter to join Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP)

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

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

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

NEW SFP approach to evaluating (strengths & weaknesses) sustainable aquaculture management in 10 major production regions for Shrimp, Pangaius & Salmon

Continue reading NEW SFP approach to evaluating (strengths & weaknesses) sustainable aquaculture management in 10 major production regions for Shrimp, Pangaius & Salmon

COOKE Aqua farm failure & escape aftermath: WA State legislature passes a Bill which could phase-out salmon farming by 2025

Continue reading COOKE Aqua farm failure & escape aftermath: WA State legislature passes a Bill which could phase-out salmon farming by 2025

SCOTTISH Green Party warns U.S. ban on farmed salmon exports is “step closer as regulators and industry unable to address seal issue”

Continue reading SCOTTISH Green Party warns U.S. ban on farmed salmon exports is “step closer as regulators and industry unable to address seal issue”

NEW industry group in South America to work toward sustainable squid production; SFP lent logistical support

Continue reading NEW industry group in South America to work toward sustainable squid production; SFP lent logistical support

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