Family-owned shrimp exporting company OMARSA, based in Ecuador, is the first shrimp producer to gain Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification, the ASC announced on Wednesday (October 1st). OMARSA’s Camaronera Cachugran, Camaronera Chongon and Camaronera Puna sites were recognised as responsible and well managed farms following independent, third party assessment conducted by the certification body Institute for Marketecology (IMO).
“Tasmanian salmon producers want to double the size of the industry over the next 15 years to keep up with growing demand. But environmentalists and the rival abalone industry want the expansion stopped, accusing salmon farms of polluting Tasmania’s waterways and killing off marine life,” wrote ABC on Tuesday (September 30, 2014). A 6-minute video report quotes locals, the eNGO Environment Tasmania, the ‘rival’ abalone (fishing) industry, and eco-tourism interests concerned. ABC also extensively quotes Tassal’s Head of Sustainability, Linda Sams, who answers some of the critics.
Day Boat Seafoods, a registered stakeholder, has filed an objection with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to the outcome of an independent assessment of the Sustainable Swordfish LLC (SSLLC) US North Atlantic swordfish longline fishery, the MSC announced Tuesday (September 30, 2014).
Continue reading OBJECTION filed to proposed MSC certification of the SSLLC US North Atlantic swordfish longline fishery
Washington, DC – Monday, September 29: Between 1970 and 2010 populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish around the globe dropped 52 percent, says the 2014 Living Planet Report released today by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). This biodiversity loss occurs disproportionately in low-income countries—and correlates with the increasing resource use of high-income countries.
As part of the effort to responsibly source more than 50% of their seafood by 2018, Hyatt will work towards purchasing more than 15% of its supply from Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified farms and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. This is the first phase of a long-term seafood sustainability strategy in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Last Wednesday (24 September 2014) in New York the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that is set to ensure better support for the functioning of critical ecosystem services that underlie food security. “Healthy ecosystems are the lifeblood of food security, especially in developing countries, where a majority of people are supported directly by the land, seas and oceans,” said Achim Steiner, UNEP’s Executive Director and UN Under-Secretary-General. Continue reading ‘HEALTHY ecosystems key to better food security’; UN Agencies Unite to implement new sustainable food systems programme
British Columbia (Canada) salmon farmers were this week celebrating Aquaculture Awareness Week, September 21 – 27, by reaffirming their commitment to sustainability. By 2020, B.C. aims to be the first region in the world to be certified by ‘Gold Standard’ environmental programs, which includes having all farm-raised Atlantic salmon certified to the standards set out by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). Currently, less than five per cent of the world’s salmon farms have met this stringent standard. Continue reading BC salmon farmers commit to ‘Gold Standard’ ASC certification by 2020; “We’re in the midst of a ‘blue revolution’ “ – BCSFA Director
Seafish, the UK “industry authority on seafood”, has launched Tuesday (September 23, 2014) a new tool to assist seafood buyers make informed purchasing decisions for their businesses. Continue reading RISK Assessment for Sourcing Seafood (RASS): ‘one stop shop’ platform to help UK buyers make “sound judgements” on seafood sourcing risk
The Scottish mackerel processing industry has welcomed the return of mackerel to the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Fish to Eat list today – the essential guide to sourcing sustainable fish for UK consumers and restaurants.
Continue reading Scottish Industry welcomes mackerel’s return to consumer plate
Below is the latest press release from the UK’s Marine Conservation Society (MCS), urging consumers to avoid eating wild-caught UK Salmon. The latest updates to FishOnline, the charity’s guide to eating sustainable seafood, also reveal better news for mackerel, herring and halibut stocks. Continue reading ‘AVOID eating wild-caught UK salmon’ says Marine Conservation Society; “…but better news for mackerel, herring and halibut stocks”
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”
Tomorrow — on Thursday 18 September — members of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC), a coalition of major seafood suppliers, brands, supermarkets and restaurants, will launch their two new codes of conduct to guide their members’ environmental labelling and sourcing policies. Continue reading ENVIRONMENTAL labelling & sourcing policies: Sustainable Seafood Coalition launches 2 new Codes of Conduct
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
“After many months of work,” the Monterey Bay Aquarium announced Thursday (September 11) that it was proud to announce the new Seafood Watch website is live. Continue reading MONTEREY Bay Aquarium launches revamped Seafood Watch website
Fish oil is an ideal source of omega-3 in salmon feed, but the capacity to produce farmed salmon using fish oil as the main source of omega-3 in feed is limited, if the farmed salmon itself is to remain a rich source of omega-3. This means that the salmon feed industry needs access to large volumes of new ingredients that contain omega-3. Experiments at the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research have shown that a type of algae known as “heterotrophic algae” can fully replace fish oil in feed used for small salmon, Nofima announced this morning (September 12, 2014). Continue reading “ALGAE may replace fish oil in salmon feed” – Nofima; “heterotrophic algae” can fully replace fish oil in feed… “As good as fish oil”
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”…