Sustainable Fisheries News

  • Skipper show will be ‘busier than ever’

    THE Scottish fishing industry will gather in Aberdeen next week for the annual Skipper Expo, which has attracted a strong international presence this year. With around 200 stands, the exhibition will provide a comprehensive showcase for the Scottish fishing industry when it opens its doors on Friday, May 25. The two-day show will see more than 30 new exhibitors this year, giving fishermen and ...


    By FISHupdate

  • Lidl joins seafood disclosure project

    THE retailer Lidl has become the first major discounter to publish a full public profile list of all the sources of its wild caught seafood on the Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP) website. This gives information on fishery management, catch methods, and likely environmental impact. Amali Bunter, responsible sourcing manager at Lidl UK, said: ‘We are extremely proud of our ...


    By FISHupdate

  • Young’s boosts ‘responsibility’ team

    YOUNG’S Seafood has strengthened its corporate social responsibility team with the appointment of a leading marine biologist. He is Cameron Moffat (pictured), who is joining Young’s from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). He was previously a project support officer with the MSC and has taken on a significant role, designed to drive forward the ...


    By FISHupdate

  • UK fishing groups unite on Brexit stand

    FISHING industry groups from across the UK have united to ensure the government sticks to its word on Brexit. This new body, which includes a broad cross section and strong Scottish representation, met in Manchester to agree the elements of the campaign. It said afterwards: ‘We intend to hold government to account on Brexit commitments.’ A spokesman for ...


    By FISHupdate

  • Aldi tops sustainable fish list

    THE discount retailer Aldi has been named as the UK supermarket chain with the best record of stocking the highest proportion of sustainable seafood, says the Marine Stewardship Council. It is even beating high end retailers such as Waitrose and Marks & Spencer. The MSC, which is the international body that sets fishing standards around the world,  also says that more shops generally ...


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  • John West owners joins ghost gear fight

    THE Thai  Union Group,  one of the world’s largest seafood companies, has joined forces with the Global Ghost Gear Initiative  in a drive to reduce the growing problem of abandoned and discarded fishing gear  worldwide. The  global ghost initiative (GGGI)  is an alliance founded by World Animal Protection, dedicated to tackling the problem of ghost fishing gear ...


    By FISHupdate

  • Fuel cost threat to fishing profits – survey

    THE UK fishing fleet earned a record £950 million last year as the volume of landings rose by 10,000 tonnes. However, the figures, compiled by Seafish, also show that higher fuel costs are starting to eat into operating profits. Seafish’s preliminary estimates reveal that skippers and vessel owners are reporting that spending on fuel is now taking up 12 ...


    By FISHupdate

  • EUBCE 2017: Round Table on Bioenergy for Sustainable Development

    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the IEA Bioenergy agreement have jointly developed a brief on Bioenergy for Sustainable Development.  The brief was discussed at a Round Table on Bioenergy for Sustainable Development as part of the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition in Stockholm on Tuesday, June ...

  • Now Available: BOEM Provides New Resource for Atlantic Fishing Industry

    BOEM is pleased to announce that we have recently added a new webpage for the commercial fishing industry to serve as a single point of entry for updates on Atlantic offshore renewable energy planning and leasing efforts. http://www.boem.gov/Atlantic-Fishing/ The webpage will provide users with status ...


    By Electro – Metal BOEM

  • USSEC Works with Philippines’ Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources on its Aquaculture Development Plan

    USSEC recently met with the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) in Diliman, Quezon City to learn their plans and program for the country’s aquaculture sector over the next five years. The head of the Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Division presented the newly approved “Comprehensive National Fisheries Industry ...

  • Korean Soy Industry Hears about U.S. Soy Sustainability at USSEC Seminar

    USSEC hosted a sustainability seminar, “New Call on the Food Supply and Demand Chain,” in Seoul, South Korea on June 8, targeting the crushing, soy food and feed industries. The objective of the seminar was to highlight what sustainability is, why sustainability matters and will matter to the food security and food safety of Korea, and how sustainability is being pursued within the ...

  • Artificial fish habitats along Somali coast to benefit coastal communities

    FAO, working with the European Union, has just completed the deployment of 25 "fish magnets" along Somalia's 3,300-km coastline, a move that will boost the nation's small-scale artisanal fisheries. The Fish-Aggregating Devices (FADs) consist of a floating buoy and "habitat mat" a few metres across. Plant life quickly grows under the mat, attracting large numbers of fish -- in essence creating new ...

  • US, Cuba to sign first environmental accord since thaw

    The United States and Cuba on Wednesday are set to reach their first accord on environmental protection since announcing plans to re-establish diplomatic relations, linking up marine sanctuaries in both countries to cooperate on preservation and research. U.S. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration chief Kathryn Sullivan arrived in Havana ...


    By Associated Press

  • Canadian yellowtail flounder re-certification proof that fishery rebuilding works

    Demonstrating a continuous commitment to sustainable fishing practices, the Ocean Choice International (OCI) Grand Bank Yellowtail Flounder Fishery has been re-certified to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Fishery Standard as being sustainable and well managed. ...

  • Exmouth Gulf and Shark Bay prawns get the MSC blue tick

    Exmouth Gulf and Shark Bay prawns receive MSC certification for sustainable fishing The region is home to turtles, whale sharks and migratory seabirds The first fisheries to be certified through WA’s AUS$14.5 million project More than 50% of wild-caught prawns in Australia are MSC certified sustainable ...

  • Coles commits to sustainable seafood

    Coles has become the first major supermarket in Australia to offer its customers certified sustainable and traceable seafood in their delis. Australian seafood lovers can now buy Aquaculture Stewardship Council, (ASC) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabelled seafood in the deli at their local Coles supermarket. Across the country Coles’ fresh salmon will ...

  • FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries celebrates 20-year anniversary

    Twenty years after its birth, FAO’sCode of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries shared a moment in the limelight with ministers, researchers and leaders in the fisheries industry at the first International Fisheries Stakeholders Forum that opened in Vigo, Spain, today.  "The Code of Conduct has been an unmitigated success, because it captures ...

  • USAID Awards Tetra Tech $20 Million Oceans and Fisheries Partnership Contract

    Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK) announced today that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded the Company a $20 million contract to improve fisheries management and enhance the health and resilience of Southeast Asia’s marine ecosystems. The region depends heavily on marine and coastal fisheries for food and economic growth, and fish stocks are in a state of decline. To ...


    By Tetra Tech

  • Knowledge of spatial dynamics is critical when determining harvest strategies for fish in meta-populations

    New research published in the Marine Stewardship Council’s Science Series highlights the importance of understanding spatial structure and connectivity of meta-population fish stocks when assessing the sustainability of fisheries. Unlike many self-sustaining ‘closed’ populations, meta-populations are interconnected networks encompassing a number of distinct sub-populations that ...

  • Australia`s Western Rock Lobster Council finalist for UN World Environment Day Awards

    15 years of maintaining MSC’s standard for sustainable fishing has earned the Western Rock Lobster Council (WRLC) a place among the finalists for the prestigious United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) World Environment Day Awards, 2015. In 2000 the ...

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