Category Archives: Seafood Advisories

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

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

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

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GSSI & The Consumer Goods Forum join forces on benchmark & recognition tool for social compliance schemes in the seafood sector

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NEGATIVE press coverage has impact on German consumers’ farmed salmon health & sustainability perceptions

Continue reading NEGATIVE press coverage has impact on German consumers’ farmed salmon health & sustainability perceptions

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

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

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MSC CEO & team (‘but not Board’… invited [or summoned?] to attend in January) meet with UK Parliamentarians & members of On The Hook campaign

Continue reading MSC CEO & team (‘but not Board’… invited [or summoned?] to attend in January) meet with UK Parliamentarians & members of On The Hook campaign

HOT topic: “Salmon stakes: Risks for the Tasmanian salmon industry” –The Australian Institute report; Addressing reputational issues

Continue reading HOT topic: “Salmon stakes: Risks for the Tasmanian salmon industry” –The Australian Institute report; Addressing reputational issues

ARAMARK progresses toward 2018 commitment to purchase 100% of U.S. contracted-seafood from sources meeting Seafood Watch recommendations

Continue reading ARAMARK progresses toward 2018 commitment to purchase 100% of U.S. contracted-seafood from sources meeting Seafood Watch recommendations

‘GUILT free’ fish consumption: “There may be bigger fish to fry, but now small sprat are big on sustainability!” – ‘Green’ MCS rating / advisory

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CHILEAN rainbow trout & Atl. salmon from Nova Austral get ‘Good Alternative’ Seafood Watch new ratings appraisal

Continue reading CHILEAN rainbow trout & Atl. salmon from Nova Austral get ‘Good Alternative’ Seafood Watch new ratings appraisal

FISH Health: SeaChoice asked for “increased public transparency from the salmon farming industry… the industry has refused”

Continue reading FISH Health: SeaChoice asked for “increased public transparency from the salmon farming industry… the industry has refused”

“CITIZEN science”: DNA testing reveals limited (1-7%) seafood fraud by Canadian retailers – SeaChoice research

Continue reading “CITIZEN science”: DNA testing reveals limited (1-7%) seafood fraud by Canadian retailers – SeaChoice research

BRITISH Columbia salmon farming industry harvested & processed 92,800MT in 2016; Contributed over $1.5-billion towards the B.C. economy – Report

Continue reading BRITISH Columbia salmon farming industry harvested & processed 92,800MT in 2016; Contributed over $1.5-billion towards the B.C. economy – Report

TASSAL, Petuna & TSGA respond to Environment Tasmania: “We see little benefit in creating another guide that duplicates globally established standards”

Continue reading TASSAL, Petuna & TSGA respond to Environment Tasmania: “We see little benefit in creating another guide that duplicates globally established standards”

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch will amend Salmon advisory to include mention of ASC-certified salmon

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:

Source: https://twitter.com/SeafoodWatch/status/911743211395104768

PS (03.10.2017):

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.

Excerpt from the Seafood Watch salmon ‘overview’ recommendation as it was published on September 18, 2017. The text was later [October 2017] updated to include a mention of Aquaculture Stewardship Council-certified salmon; since the ASC standard was deemed by Seafood Watch to be “equivalent to at least [its] yellow “Good Alternative” recommendation.”
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:

 

 

WORDING… Dutch Advertising Code Committee finds that Princes is “misleading consumers” with some of tuna cans sustainability claims

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