Category Archives: USA

GSSI recognises the Audubon Gulf United (G.U.L.F.) for lasting responsible fisheries management (RFM) certification program

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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

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

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

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ESCAPES & hybridization: Atlantic Salmon Federation statement (05.09.2018) on European origin aquaculture Atlantic salmon within the Bay of Fundy

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LEGAL: A. Morton & Namgis First Nation go to Court against DFO and Marine Harvest & Cermaq re. PRV; Video Primer

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CERTIFIED? Local Fish Isn’t Always Local… Sea to Table “reiterates unwavering commitment to sustainable seafood

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IFFO-hosted side event at COFI 33: “Aquaculture industry stakeholders communicate vital role in global food security at FAO event”

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NFI Statement on announcement of Tariffs on Chinese Seafood in current trade dispute: ‘Please, demonstrate real leadership’

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PBDEs: Accumulation in farmed salmon; Univ. of Pittsburgh researchers develop dynamic model over a full sea-cage salmon production cycle

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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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U.S. BILL to “advance American aquaculture”: Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture (AQUAA) Act introduced

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ALTERNATIVE feed sources… “Making sensible changes in aquaculture and agriculture production” would avoid depletion of forage fish populations – Study

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CLIMATE Change: Fish moving faster than regs… UBC researchers say “out-of-date regulatory system hasn’t kept up with the realities of global warming”

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NASCO strengthens cooperation to protect endangered wild Atlantic salmon stocks; New regulatory measures re. Faroe Islands & West Greenland

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Of LCA – “Choice matters: The environmental costs of producing meat, seafood”… “Many seafood choices have low impact on the environment”

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

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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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