Category Archives: International

New MSC 2014 reports “reveal a turning tide for sustainable seafood”

Two new reports published today (17 September 2014) by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) show the progress being made to secure the future of the world’s oceans, and a plentiful supply of seafood for generations to come. With 29% of the world’s oceans currently overfished1, the reports show how commitments by seafood producers, retailers and consumers are delivering lasting improvements to the sustainability of marine ecosystems, fish stocks and fishing communities. Continue reading New MSC 2014 reports “reveal a turning tide for sustainable seafood”

EU Commissioner Damanaki welcomes protection of shark and ray species threatened by unsustainable trade

Since 14 September 2014, eight shark and ray species have received extra protection from unsustainable trade. They have been listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and now have to be accompanied by export or import permits issued by EU countries when they enter or leave the EU market. Continue reading EU Commissioner Damanaki welcomes protection of shark and ray species threatened by unsustainable trade

EU-28, USA Australia, Brazil, Israel, New Zealand, Mexico and Monaco file international démarche against Iceland’s whaling

The European Union (EU), its 28 Member States and the governments of the United States, Australia, Brazil, Israel, New Zealand, Mexico and Monaco, on Monday (September 15, 2014) declared their opposition to the fact that the Icelandic government still permits commercial whaling, in particular the hunting of fin whales and the subsequent trading of fin whale products. Continue reading EU-28, USA Australia, Brazil, Israel, New Zealand, Mexico and Monaco file international démarche against Iceland’s whaling

ICES honours scientists at the Annual Science Conference 2014 in A Coruña, Spain

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has awarded the Prix d’Excellence to Carl Walters (US), and the Outstanding Achievement Award to Bill Karp (US) at the ICES Annual Science Conference (ASC) in A Coruña, Spain, it was announced Monday (September 15, 2014). Continue reading ICES honours scientists at the Annual Science Conference 2014 in A Coruña, Spain

SCAREMONGERING & “several misunderstandings in the Chinese media” – Norwegian Seafood Council; ‘Ebola-like’ ISA comments encourages scare in China

New Zealand’s relatively small farmed salmon industry could benefit from the ebola crisis after – in an unlikely twist – a rumour/scare propagated by some Chinese media has (utterly wrongly, we may add) linked the infectious salmon anaemia (ISA) virus to ebola. Since New Zealand’s salmon industry only raises Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) not subject to the ISA disease, they could be set to benefit, commented a report today in the Kiwi press. Continue reading SCAREMONGERING & “several misunderstandings in the Chinese media” – Norwegian Seafood Council; ‘Ebola-like’ ISA comments encourages scare in China

THAI Union Group acquires World Top 10 seafood brand “King Oscar”; ‘Norwegian Heritage’… becoming Asian…

Bangkok, Thailand- – Thai Union Frozen Products Public Company Limited (TUF), for the second time within a month, announced today (15 September, 2014) that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the assets and the trademark of the world’s top ten seafood brand*- ‘King Oscar’, originating from Norway with a strong brand heritage of more than 140 years. Continue reading THAI Union Group acquires World Top 10 seafood brand “King Oscar”; ‘Norwegian Heritage’… becoming Asian…

MARINE Harvest acquires of 40,000 tonnes integrated salmon farming capacity in Chile; Acuinova Chile S.A. assets

Marine Harvest announced today an agreement to purchase assets of the former Chilean farming company Acuinova Chile S.A., currently in bankruptcy. The assets represent a capacity to produce about 40 thousand tonnes HOG per annum. Continue reading MARINE Harvest acquires of 40,000 tonnes integrated salmon farming capacity in Chile; Acuinova Chile S.A. assets

RUSSIAN trade ban: EU Commissioner Damanaki ready to support EU fisheries sector with financial help, quota flexibility

Continue reading RUSSIAN trade ban: EU Commissioner Damanaki ready to support EU fisheries sector with financial help, quota flexibility

‘TRUE NATURE’… Miami seafood firm sentenced for imported seafood labelling fraud: Chilean Steelhead (sea) trout re-labelled as ‘salmon’

Continue reading ‘TRUE NATURE’… Miami seafood firm sentenced for imported seafood labelling fraud: Chilean Steelhead (sea) trout re-labelled as ‘salmon’

GLOBAL Sustainability Initiative’s ongoing growth, with addition of Icelandic salmon farmer Fjarolax; 18 members now

Fjarðalax ehf., a farmed salmon producer from Iceland, has officially joined the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI), bringing the current membership count to 18 companies. GSI‘s membership has expanded by over 25% since May 2014, showcasing the industry’s commitment and eagerness to improve their environmental and social performance as an increasing priority. Continue reading GLOBAL Sustainability Initiative’s ongoing growth, with addition of Icelandic salmon farmer Fjarolax; 18 members now

FEED Standards; “The ASC defines best practice as a level that can only be achieved by 15-20% of industry when the standard is released”…

Last week around 50 experts met for the first time in Amsterdam demonstrating that together industry will help ensure a responsible future for the production of fish feed. Experts in marine, plant, animal and micro ingredients, as well as supply chain and feed mill experience, gathered together for the ASC Responsible Feed Project working group event. Continue reading FEED Standards; “The ASC defines best practice as a level that can only be achieved by 15-20% of industry when the standard is released”…