IN BRIEF - Limfjord rope-grown blue shell mussel fishery propels Denmark to 100 per cent MSC certified mussel exports
Friday, April 27, 2012
The Vilsund Blue Limfjord rope-grown mussel fishery today secured certification to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries. The Limfjord fishery’s achievements means 100 per cent of Danish mussel exports are now eligible to carry the internationally recognized, blue MSC ecolabel.
The first Danish mussel fishery to enter the MSC program’s full assessment did so in April 2008. Since then, five Danish mussel fisheries have undergone the same rigorous and transparent process and have all succeeded in proving their activities to be sustainable and well-managed.
Minna Epps, Regional Manager for the Baltic Sea region says: “The dedication towards sustainable fishing practices demonstrated by the Danish mussel industry is truly an inspiration and a model to follow for others. We congratulate them warmly and hope their engagement will create a wave of support through customers who will choose their products”.
Cermaq joins key global business players in committing to support the UN sustainable development goals.
At the Business for Peace ceremony in Oslo on May the 2nd of 2016, Cermaq’s CEO Jon Hindar committed to a pledge together with other business leaders to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals and calling upon peers to do the same.
The pledge made by the global business leaders is:
"The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to end poverty, combat climate change and fight injustice and inequality. By applying innovation, resources and expertise, I will pursue the business opportunities inherent in building a greener, more equitable and inclusive society. I am a business leader who knows that business cannot succeed in societies that fail. I will do my utmost to be businessworthy in all my efforts, and to tune my business to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. I call on my peers to do the same."
Geneva - Conservationists are applauding news that 50 countries have joined efforts to list devil rays, threshers, and silky sharks under Appendix II the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Cosponsors to the proposals – made originally by Fiji, Sri Lanka, and Maldives (respectively) – now include the European Union and its 28 Member States, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and eight West African nations. Many other countries are co-sponsoring one or two of the proposals. CITES Appendix II listing prompts controls for holding international trade to sustainable levels. April 27 was the deadline for CITES proposals. Parties will vote on proposals at the September 24-October 5 2016 Conference of Parties in Johannesburg.
“CITES listing for devil rays, threshers, and silky sharks can greatly improve the outlook for these vulnerable, globally traded species, while also helping to fulfill commitments for previously listed sharks and rays,” said Sonja Fordham, President of Shark Advocates International. “The addition of co-sponsoring countries from across the globe demonstrates widespread support for new measures to prevent international trade from driving depletion.”
Devil rays, along with closely related mantas, are among the oceans’ most vulnerable animals, usually producing just one pup every one to three years. International demand for their gill plates, used in a Chinese health tonic, drives largely unregulated fisheries. Manta rays were listed under CITES Appendi
Just weeks after Iceland’s political class was rocked by an exposé of dealings in offshore tax havens, journalists at Reykjavik Media are now preparing to blow the whistle on the country’s powerful fisheries industry.
The ‘Panama Papers’ documents leaked from law firm Mossack Fonseca reportedly contain names of individuals and companies in the Icelandic fishing industry and Reykjavik Media are working through the available data.
Washington, DC – The USDA’s catfish inspection program wastes millions of taxpayer dollars and does a job already being done by the FDA, according to the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO.) For the tenth time in five years the GAO has included the program in its rogue’s gallery of wasteful federal boondoggles.
The GAO pulls no punches when it suggests, “Congress should consider repealing provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill assigning the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) responsibility for examining and inspecting catfish and for creating a catfish inspection program.” (p.26)
For years the program has been lambasted for its waste:
-“It would be funny if it weren’t so costly…” –Wall Street Journal
-“…they’ve spent about twenty million doing nothing.” –Citizens Against Government Waste
-“If there were legitimate food safety reasons for having USDA inspect catfish, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.” – John McCain (R-AZ)
-“Congress needs to eliminate this new regulation immediately because taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for more bloated bureaucracy.”—Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Chilled fish supplier Icelandic Seachill has denied accusations that its handling of the National Living Wage (NLW) will leave workers worse off, after unions escalated their concerns to the European Commission (EC).
HCM City - HCM City authorities will work closely with central provinces, where mass fish deaths have occurred because of chemical substances discharged into waterways, to prevent and stop the trade of dead or dying fish from these areas in HCM City.
Võ Van Hoan, chief of HCM City People’s Committee Office, said at a press conference held in the city yesterday: “If we don’t prevent unsafe and unhygienic food, local resident’s health as well as tourism will suffer the consequences.”
He said that the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development had issued a ban on transport and trade of dead or dying fish.
Hoan said that trade in these fish had already occurred.
Many seafood enterprises have shifted seafood purchasing from the central province of Khánh Hòa to the south to ensure safety for customers.
HÀ N?I — “As a minister, I am sorry,” Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tr?n H?ng Hà told local media on April the 29th of 2016 as he led an inspection team to take samples of water and sediment in the sea off of Vung Áng in the central Hà Tinh Province.
The team was sent to investigate the cause of mass fish deaths along the central coastal provinces that occurred earlier that month.
“This is the first time an environmental disaster like this is happening to Vi?t Nam,” Hà elaborated. “Although relevant ministries are working hard to fix the problem, the way we dealt with it was still slow and ham-fisted, and failed to meet expectations from people as well as the media.”
The apology was issued after an especially short press conference held at 8pm on Wednesday by the ministry to report on the causes of the mass fish deaths. Based on initial investigations, the causes were identified to be toxic discharge by human activities on land or at sea, and red tie phenomenon - when dangerous algae bloom occurs at an abnormal rate and produces toxins.
State and federal fisheries ministers have reinforced their commitment to harmonising regulations, laws and red tape for the industry at a meeting in Melbourne on Friday the 29th of April 2016.
A similar commitment was made in December 2014, when the ministers last met, and while many of the faces had changed, assistant agriculture minister Anne Ruston said the goals remained the same.
Senator Ruston said the implementation of theNorthern Australia White Paper, a productivity commission review into fisheries regulation and the involvement of the recreational fishing industry in developing policies were all signs minsters were committed to the previous' meetings objectives.
Tesco has announced on April the 29th of 2016 a number of measures which will see it source even more of the seafood it sells in a sustainable way, in partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council. To achieve this, Tesco is:
-Rapidly expanding the MSC-ecolabel scheme for pre-packed and frozen fish sold in Tesco stores; -Introducing MSC-certified fish to its 656 fish counters, making sustainable fish accessible to shoppers across the UK; and -Ensuring that all tuna sold at Tesco stores is sourced in a sustainable way, whether own label or branded.
In April 2016, Tesco introduced the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel across 28 different types of chilled prepacked fish – including cod fillets, smoked kippers, haddock fishcakes and fish fingers. The following month, it will introduce the label to its 656 fish counters across the UK, and later this year will introduce it to relevant frozen fish lines too.
Massive fish deaths spark suspicions over the real cause Viet Nam
Vietnamese authorities have banned the sale and distribution of aquatic products from the coasts of central Vietnam due to an ongoing environmental disaster affecting this region, where huge numbers of dead fish washed ashore.