National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

jesJes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and


Organizers of London's 2012 Olympic Games announced this week that they will stick to "demonstrably sustainable" seafood when feeding more than 23,000 athletes and officials during the games.

The host country will include Marine Stewardship Council certification and Marine Conservation Society standards when choosing approximately 90 tons of seafood for what they claim will be a diverse menu — including some farmed species.

While I'd prefer any major event like this to draw attention to the overwhelming benefits of wild seafood, rather than lumping it in with particular farmed species, I do believe it's a decent jumping-off point.

The Marine Stewardship Council has made no bones about its refusal to certify farmed fish. For that, I applaud them. Their label would mean a lot less to me if it were slapped on non-wild fisheries.

Let the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the like take up the cause of aquaculture over recovering and sustainable U.S. fisheries. But let us not forget that where our food comes from is a significant aspect of its nutritional value and its value to our economy.

Trend or not, local and wild foods sustain local economies.

Inside the Industry

Pink shrimp is the first fishery managed by Washington to receive certification from the global Marine Stewardship Council fisheries standard for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.

The state’s fishery was independently assessed as a scope extension of the MSC certified Oregon pink shrimp fishery, which achieved certification to the MSC standard in December 2007 and attained recertification in February 2013.


NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.

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