Fish is considered a healthy food. But which fish can you eat with a clear conscience, without depleting ocean stocks? Many consumers trust the blue MSC eco-label awarded by the Marine Stewardship Council. But for years it has faced much criticism.
This report questions the MSC’s certification standards. We meet fishermen who have acquired the MSC seal of approval primarily for marketing reasons, and who got it even though their fishing methods damage the seabed. "If it carries the MSC seal, no one asks any questions,” says the managing director of a plaice fishery. In Germany, entire supermarket chains offer predominantly MSC-certified goods. Fotry-one percent of consumers know the seal and trust it. But marine conservationists say its standards are too lax. A small-scale Galician fisherman who catches octopus and other species using traditional methods categorically rejects the MSC label. He and his colleagues could have applied for it, but the MSC had also negotiated with the owners of large fishing vessels, which through their size alone are a threat to stocks. "If the MSC is only interested in certifying the stock of a species, but not the fishing method, then we do not want MSC certification," the fisherman says. One of the seal's co-founders has also accused the MSC of following industry interests more than its own eco-standards, and of "switching to the dark side.” Is there any truth to the accusation?
HCM CITY - Farmers in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang have bred giant river prawns on 74ha so far this year, up 40.6 per cent against the same period last year, according to the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Most giant river prawn farming areas are in Tho?i Son, Châu Thành and Châu Phú districts, and Long Xuyên City.
The breeding of giant river prawns in An Giang has developed since 2000, mostly in ponds or under rice-shrimp rotation models in rice fields.
The Fortune Group comprises three prawn farms located at Yamba, New South Wales, Proserpine, Queensland, and Mission Beach, Queensland.
The company stated that with prawn farming being land based the deal provides Tassal with a footprint in high demand aquaculture beyond Tasmania, adding that it aims to modernise Australian prawn farming and increase yield and returns.
The acquisition price was AUD 31.9 million including inventory, with AUD 1 million deferred to support the transition of the business. The arrangement is being funded through a new AUD 75 million debt facility and will include a capital investment program over the next 2-3 years of circa AUD 34 million.
MADURAI - Hundreds of fishermen and women on Monday staged a protest against the construction of a coal jetty in Kallamoli coastal village (between Manapad and Tiruchendur) for bringing coal to the upcoming 1,320 MW supercritical thermal power plant at Udangudi in Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu.
Hundreds of women from nearly 26 coastal villages and hamlets formed a human chain close to sea at Alanthalai. Hundreds of fishermen picketed the site where the coal jetty is under construction, with black flags tied to their boats. They raised slogans that the jetty would affect their livelihood.
Participatory Management Councils, one of the new amendments to the Kerala Marine Fisheries Regulation Act, will play a crucial role in revamping the fisheries management system in the state, according to experts here Tuesday.
Marine scientists who spoke at a workshop on 'Scientific management of marine fisheries, Kerala,' at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute here, said the councils would ensure involvement of all the stakeholders, including fishermen, in management and policy formation in the sector.
HÀ N?I - The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) under the United States Department of Agriculture has proposed continuing Vi?t Nam’s eligibility to export Siluriformes fish, commonly known as catfish, and fish products to the United States.
The US Federal Register has published a draft of a proposal to recognise three countries—Vi?t Nam, China and Thailand—as maintaining their eligibility to export catfish and fish products to the United States as proposed by FSIS.
In the draft recommendation, FSIS has recognised the catfish inspection system in Vi?t Nam, China and Thailand as equivalent to the US system. If this draft is approved, these three Asian countries will officially be allowed to continue exporting catfish to this market, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).
Seventeen New Zealand fisheries harvesting hoki, hake, ling and southern blue whiting have been re-certified against the gold standard for sustainable seafood, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.
After a 12-month independent assessment process to review the science and management of these fisheries in detail, the final public consultation period closed on 12 September with no objections and no conditions (which are given when a fishery meets the standard but improvements are required).
Only 12 percent of the world’s wild-caught seafood is MSC certified and very few fisheries are MSC certified without