Written by Jen Finn
Making it the first European tropical tuna fishery to do so, the Pesqueras Echebastar has entered into assessment for Marine Stewardship Council certification.
If successful, skipjack and yellowfin tuna from the fishery in the Indian Ocean will be eligible to carry the MSC ecolabel.
The six units of certification comprise six vessels that operate in the Indian Ocean. The fishing method is purse seine, using both free school and fish aggregating devices (FADs).
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NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.
The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.Read more...
The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:
The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.Read more...