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Why Omega Protein has stirred up a big stink about a small fish

The disagreement between activists and Omega Protein depends on the answer to a simple question: Are there enough menhaden in the Gulf of Mexico? Omega says there are plenty, and it wants to keep it that way. Members of the Sierra Club Gulf Coast Group, the Coastal Conservation Association and other groups have their doubts.  It’s an argument recreational fishermen and conservationists have been having with Omega for years. Omega has a menhanden reduction plant in Moss Point and regularly fishes the Mississippi Sound. The opposition to its activities began anew with vigor earlier this year when Omega began seeking a “certified sustainable seafood” designation from the Marine Stewardship Council. MSC is a London-based nonprofit (although it collects royalties from licensing its “ecolabel”) that was set up in 1997 by the World Wildlife Fund and Unilever, a global conglomerate that was at the time one of the world’s largest producers of frozen seafood. click here to read the story 10:28

North Sea cod gets MSC certification

At times during these moratorium years of the northern cod, people in this province have glanced at the North Sea to see how that cod stock was faring. Collapsed, recovered and collapsed again, North Sea cod over the years seemed on a different path than northern cod, and different methods were undertaken to attempt recovery and sustainability. On Wednesday, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) announced that North Sea cod has received its distinguished certification after the stock passed an independent assessment against the MSC’s strict standards.,,, “Since then the industry has worked with the Scottish Government and EU Fisheries Council to agree and implement a ‘Cod Recovery Plan’ that would nurse the stock back to health. “The plan linked the number of days fishing that boats were given to the conservation measures they signed up to. click here to read the story 17:42

Objections registered to 3PS MSC cod certification will be heard by adjudicator

A hearing on whether the Canadian southern Newfoundland cod fishery in 3 PS will get MSC certification was held on Feb. 10. The Southern Newfoundland cod fishery, in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization, has completed its MSC assessment, and the certifier has recommended certification for the major fishery gear types for both inshore and offshore cod. This certification has been in process since 2013, and is being strongly supported by WWF and the clients, Icewater Fisheries and Ocean Choice International. The certification is a requirement for sales of this cod into the European market. Read the rest here 13:55

Louisiana Shrimp Task Force approves money to assess sustainability

The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force approved spending $10,000 for a fishery sustainability pre-assessment to be done in the state. A pre-assessment is the first step in a fishery being certified environmentally sustainable and conforms to a set of internationally recognized standards. In a Fishery Improvement Plan, a pre-assessment is done on the fishery to gauge where the fishery stands relative to a certification standard. In this instance, the Marine Stewardship and Conversation program standards. Read the rest here 10:49

Swedish MSC fishery accused of illegal fishing – Still carry’s the ENGO Tax Stamp!

MSC-LogoTrawlers in an Marine Stewardship Council-certified ‘sustainable’ lobster fishery have been caught using illegally modified nets to target valuable cod, reports the Ecologist, citing Dutch environmental group The Black Fish. The MSC was notified, but considered the evidence insufficient to act, so the lobsters still carry the, it said. Read the rest here  13:10

South Pacific Tuna Corporation Knuckles Under – Partnership to supply MSC-standard tuna

The company will be working with PNAO/Pacifical, the marketing arm of the eight Pacific Island Nations known as the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Pacific Tuna Corporation says that this action underscores its commitment to maintaining the highest sustainability standards while harvesting tuna from PNA island waters. The company oversees management and operations of 14 US Flag tuna vessels owned by ‘The Global Fleets,’ Ocean Global Fisheries LLC, Sea Global Fisheries LLC and Pacific Global LLC. Read the rest here 17:40

Pacific Hake Mid-Water Trawl Fishery Earns MSC Re-Certification

The Pacific hake mid-water trawl fishery, which operates off the west coast of the United States and Canada, has achieved MSC re-certification following an independent, third-party assessment by certifier MRAG Americas.  Read the rest here 10:54

Sustainable Fish and Seafood – Avoid Atlantic Scallops? Swordfish?? More Green Drivel!

After learning his trade at the famed Rodney’s Oyster House in Toronto, Joshua Bishop went off to see the world. There’s nothing too unusual in that — global backpacking is a rite of passage for innumerable young adults — except that when Bishop was in Australia, he decided to work on a few commercial fishing boats. He’s still got a lot to learn! Read the rest here 08:14

Swordfish Sustainability

Did you know Boston Sword & Tuna is one of the founding members of Sustainable Seafood LLC? Our two longliners, the Iron Maiden and the Iron Lady, fish in one of the best-managed fisheries in the world: the Northwest Atlantic swordfish fishery. A highly migratory fish, swordfish are managed in the Atlantic by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). Read the rest here 19:32

Two Combined Gulf of St. Lawrence Shrimp Fisheries Achieve MSC Re-certification

Two Canadian MSC certified fisheries, the Gulf of St. Lawrence (GOSL) northern shrimp and the Gulf of St. Lawrence northern shrimp trawl Esquiman Channel fisheries, have joined in a cooperative effort into one combined shrimp fishery ,,, Read more here  07:38

Wal-Mart decision on Alaska seafood could be bad for fisheries

MSC-LogoWal-Mart Stores Inc. will once again start selling Alaska salmon, but is its decision good for Alaska’s fisheries and fishing communities? State and federal politicians and industry boosters say yes; but with so many unaddressed social and ecological challenges facing our fisheries and fishing communities, I am not so sure. For those unfamiliar with the story, Wal-Mart had a policy to purchase only seafood that carries certification from the Marine Stewardship Council. Read more here alaskadispatch 09:28

Alaska Fishermen to Walmart: “Why Didn’t You Keep Your Promise to Congress?”

smiley fishermanAlaska fishermen are pledging to take further action to hold Walmart accountable for its ongoing failure to keep its promise to revise by the end of 2013 its outdated and misguided policy that is shutting out a large proportion of sustainable Alaska salmon from its stores. Read [email protected]  17:38

“Alaska Salmon Now” Calls on Wal-Mart To Make A Decison About Sustainability Certifications

MSC-LogoA small organization made up primarily of commercial fishermen and consumers is pressing Wal-Mart to make a decision about stocking products made with salmon from Alaska. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story. Listen @kdlg  11:28

MSC certifies the scallop fishing industry in the United States as sustainable. Not all are impressed

sct logoThe certification will allow the 14 member companies of the American Scallop Association to be able to display, for a fee, the blue MSC label on scallops from this fishery and to continue to sell to global customers who require proof of sustainability, according to an association news release. Maine scalloper Togue Brawn, who had brought a formal complaint to the MSC that was dismissed, issued a statement Thursday saying, “I am very disappointed that the Marine Stewardship Council would certify a fishery that contains no real measures to prevent overfishing in the Northern Gulf of Maine. This decision deals a significant blow to the integrity and validity of the MSC eco-label.” [email protected]  02:12

MSC trying to ‘whitewash’ the record books of Alaska salmon objection, say NGOs

MSC-LogoThe conservation groups that objected the the Alaska salmon fishery’s re-certification, which became final Tuesday, say the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) appears to be trying to whitewash the objection from the record books. They bring forth what they claim is an error in the MSC’s fisheries update for Tuesday. In the update, the MSC stated the Alaska salmon fishery had been re-certified after “no objections were received”. [email protected] 13:59

Dutch gill net fishermen dump MSC

MSC-Logo“Several attempts to balance the financial burden with the revenues over the past years, did not yield enough to further maintain the certificate,” CVO said. – [email protected] 11:27

Dr. Doug Butterworth – fisheries ministers around the world lost their authority to MSC in a coup de’etat in 2008

Butterworth says that prior to this the MSC was in the doldrums but in 2008 there was a quiet revolution in which fisheries ministers did not even realize that they had surrendered their authority on national fisheries policy to the MSC.  Butterworth states that this resulted in an explosion in applications for MSC certification. [email protected]  11:56

Fish fight: Walmart caught in the middle of Alaska salmon tangle

After a push from Alaskan salmon fisheries, Walmart considers alternative seafood certification systems. Will this undermine the Marine Stewardship Council’s dominance? [email protected] 15:08

More than 80% of Alaska salmon will not be sold as MSC, says ASMI

MSC-LogoA recent announcement by the Marine Stewardship Council should not be interpreted as a change in decision by a dozen Alaskan companies to no longer sell and support MSC salmon, said the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). Although the bulk of the Alaska salmon fishery has earned MSC, the vast majority of Alaska salmon processing companies — 27 in total — will not be selling MSC-certified Alaskan salmon, said ASMI on Monday. [email protected] 13:49

WWF, MSC owe explanation, apology to Alaska fishermen – Senator Mark Begich

kevinhearnAs chairman of the U.S. Senate’s Subcommittee on Oceans and Fisheries, I have the chance to brag about Alaska’s fisheries. That’s why I was offended by the recent “We don’t farm like this” video produced by World Wide Fund for Nature Canada (WWF) in support of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The short animated video grossly misrepresents the harvesting methods of longline, purse seine, and trawl fisheries and smears them as unsustainable. [email protected] 11:19

Tacky video bashes MSC biggest client base – MSC is on its way to irrelevance

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – A cartoon video lampoons the MSC’s biggest clients.  The fishing industry is not happy. More after this –Listen to alaskafishradio 16:51

Alaska senator Begich ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if more companies left MSC

MSC-Logo“I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that more companies are looking for alternatives to MSC certification,” Begich told Undercurrent News…However, according to Kerry Coughlin, regional director for the Americas for the MSC, there are many buyers that are not happy about the loss of MSC certified Alaska salmon on the market, which will not be available at all until 2014 at the earliest, if then. “They’re frustrated that their suppliers are pulling out of being part of the client group and therefore can’t provide them with MSC certified fish,” Coughlin said. [email protected]  08:07

Is the EU and MSC Killing off the Vikings?

The European Union may have signed a death warrant for the Faroes Islands fishing industry after officials banned the import of herring and mackerel from the self-governing territory into the 17-nation bloc. The Marine Stewardship Council has already voiced concerns over the Faroe Islands’ large fishing quotas, which has more than trebled its previously agreed share of the Atlanto-Scandian herring stock. The MSC has summarily suspended its certificate for the archipelago.  [email protected] 12:22

Certified salmon: Park Service director endorses Alaska fish without the MSC label. He does NOT go far enough.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski put Jon Jarvis, director of the National Park Service on the hot seat, and he tried to wiggle his way off the hook by seeking closed door discussion over the Alaska Salmon issue. That’s all well and good for Alaska, while the point is missed that by law all US fishery’s are regulated to be sustainably fished. What about other sustainable by law fish that does not carry the British ENGO label? This NPS issue is just getting started.

From newsminer – So Mr. Jarvis obviously felt a little uncomfortable at a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Thursday when Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, dug into a Park Service recommendation that could curtail Alaska salmon sales by park concessioners nationwide. [email protected]

Senator Murkowski “grill’s” Jonathan Jarvis, NPS Director over a British ENGO blue label that ain’t diddly!

It was fun to watch on c-span, so it’ll be fun to watch again. It’s time to straighten out some ENGO crap. MSC my  butt. Link to the video

Walmart will continue to sell Alaska Salmon that is not MSC certified, but not in the US!

photocredit,robb walsh

photocredit,robb walsh

 Alaskan seafood has begun being imported directly into Brazil this month via supplier Noronha Pescados. The products are Alaska salmon, pollock and cod and they are going straight to Walmart, Pao de Acucar, Cencosud and other Brazilian stores. continued – scroll to third article here please

From the Deckboss – Is this anything? Walmart sent salmon suppliers this letter.

The letter said the company will buy only from fisheries “certified sustainable to the MSC standard,” or actively working toward certification. “It is amazing to me,” Tyson Fick, spokesman for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute said, “that America’s largest retailer appears to be saying that they will not buy American seafood without the endorsement of a foreign-based environmental group while promoting foreign seafood with clearly inferior fisheries management and quality, all in the name of sustainability.” [email protected]  the letter

N.L. snow crab fishery news from DFO

DFO advises that the details of the management measures, quota levels and season dates for the 2013 Snow Crab fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador. continued. Herring purse seine fishery opening, continued, McGeoghegan wants vote on MSC, continued,

MSC Introduces New Bilingual Ecolabel for Canadian Market

CANADA – The Marine Stewardship Council has launched a new, bilingual French-English ecolabel in response to requests from MSC partners in Canada who want to further increase consumer awareness about their commitment to sustainable seafood and the MSC programme. Read more