As you may have noticed we recently made improvements the seafoodsustainability.org website. The redesigned site improves navigation helping visitors keep up to date on important issues in the industry. The site features information on progress being made on WWF led Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPS) and Aquaculture Improvement Projects (AIPS). The website also includes a new Industry section where information can be found on certification standards, fisheries and farms in transition, and traceability. We hope you find the news blog interesting as we continue to cover key seafood sustainability topics and provide opportunities for you to get involved.
By: Elizabeth Herendeen, Guest Contributor
Bristol Bay, Alaska produces 44% of the world’s sockeye salmon supply. It supports more than 14,000 fishing jobs, centuries-old indigenous communities, and hundreds of species of diverse wildlife, from bald eagles to brown bears to beluga whales.
It’s also a model fishery, managed sustainably by fishermen who understand that it’s in their long-term economic, social, and environmental interests to protect this valuable resource. Unfortunately, looming clouds on the horizon signal rough seas ahead for Bristol Bay’s salmon fishery.
Shrimp dominates aquaculture, both in terms of volume and risk. Farming shrimp around the world provides nutrition and livelihoods for millions of people, yet it’s also associated with environmental and social harm, from water pollution to forced labor.
For large brands that want to offer more sustainable seafood to their customers, there are two choices: (1) Buy fish from sources that are certified as sustainable, or (2) Improve fisheries and move them towards certification.
By Wendy Goyert and Pablo Guerrero
Fishing for mahi mahi in Ecuador may look much like the artisanal craft it has been for decades, but practices on the water are very different than just a few years ago.
US businesses are backing Peru’s mahi mahi fishery in a big way. The Peruvian government recently received a letter from 26 major US-based seafood buyers and importers pledging their support for the Peruvian mahi mahi fishery improvement project (FIP) and urged officials to actively participate in the advancement of the fishery toward the MSC standard. The US is the top importer of mahi mahi from Peru, so this level of economic demand for responsibly sourced seafood is especially significant.
The U.S. government issued new regulations in December 2016 to restrict the import of seafood caught by vessels engaged in illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. While the rule is a step in the right direction, it does not cover shrimp and abalone. World Wildlife Fund has urged that the rule be expanded to include them as soon as possible and, ultimately, all species. WWF’s fact sheet on the IUU regulation provides an overview on how the rules are changing, what it means for the seafood industry, and the benefits that companies can expect as a result.
Kien Giang province is nestled in the southwest of Vietnam, featuring a prominent coastline along the Gulf of Thailand. Here in these tepid waters lives the blue swimming crab, a crustacean with an olive-green body and front claws the color of the sky on a clear day.
WWF is working with some of the world’s most innovative farmers to improve shrimp production.
Shrimp has quickly become the most popular seafood in the US. Each of us eats about four pounds of it every year on average, but have you ever wondered where all that shrimp comes from?