Friday, October 29, 2010

MSC Certified OCI Grand Bank Yellowtail Flounder

The Ocean Choice International (OCI) Grand Bank yellowtail flounder (Limanda ferruginea) trawl fishery has earned Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, having been independently assessed by an accredited certifier and found to meet the MSC standard for sustainably managed fisheries.  In achieving MSC certification, products from this fishery are now eligible to carry the blue MSC ecolabel.

This demersal trawl fishery is located in the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) areas 3L, 3N and 3O on the Grand Banks near Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada.  Stock assessments and overall management objectives for this fishery are established by NAFO and the fishery is regulated by Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

The product from the OCI Grand Bank yellowtail flounder trawl fishery is sold internationally in various forms, including fresh or frozen fillets in USA and Canadian foodservice and retail markets, as karimi in Japan or as skinless, skin-on fresh/frozen fillets in Europe.

Marine Stewardship Council Certifies Scottish Haddock Fishery

The Scottish haddock fishery is now certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as a sustainable and well-managed fishery. The Scottish Fisheries Sustainable Accreditation Group (SFSAG) North Sea haddock certification follows a 20 month independent assessment against the Marine Stewardship Council standard.

The SFSAG fishery includes 192 boats fishing for haddock with a combination of fishing gears in the northern and central areas of the North Sea. Worth £34 million each year, the fleet catches 27,507 metric tonnes of haddock – most of which is sold in the European markets.

The first UK supermarket to stock MSC certified Scottish haddock will be Marks and Spencer. MSC labelled Scottish Smoked Haddock will be available in M&S stores from the 3rd November.

source: MSC

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

UNH Fisheries Research to Plate

Seafood enthusiasts can enjoy fresh local seafood during "Fisheries Research to Plate", an event which is scheduled to be held on November 9th, 2010 from 6-8pm.

Attendees will learn how fishermen have worked with UNH researchers to help conserve fish populations in the Gulf of Maine while tasting New Hampshire caught fish prepared by the UNH Thompson School's Culinary Arts Program.

Registration is only $10.00. Make a reservation at:

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

SeaShare Offers Fishes and Dishes Cookbook

SeaShare is offering a gift of the Fishes and Dishes Cookbook when members contribute $500 or more.  Released during the summer of 2010, the book provides 80 mouth-watering recipes and describes the adventurous lives of women who work in America's most dangerous industry, with harrowing and funny stories.

SeaShare's primary goal is to supply seafood products to supplement the food resources available to hungry Americans. The organization welcomes donations of cash or seafood products. Every dollar contributed can provide at least 6 seafood servings.

For more information, visit

2010 American River Salmon Festival Canceled

The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has announced that the American River Salmon Festival has been canceled for 2010.

DFG and other festival sponsors have had to cancel the event for the second year in a row. Reasons cited for the cancellation include budget and staff cuts experienced by many of the sponsors and partners, as well as state employee furloughs and negative economic conditions.

The annual October celebration is normally held at the Nimbus Hatchery and Lake Natoma, providing the public with a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the American and Sacramento rivers and their connection to the salmon population.

Friday, October 8, 2010

MSC Ecolabel Public Awareness

Close to one in four adults are aware of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel, according to a survey carried out by AMR Marketing Research in July 2010.

The research, carried out in the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, and Japan shows that across these regions, 23 per cent of the adult population is now aware of the MSC ecolabel – up from 9 per cent in 2008.

Awareness of the MSC ecolabel varies across the regions but is currently at the highest level in Germany, which has leapt to 36 per cent (from 11 per cent in 2008).

According to the study, consumers report they are looking for and buying more ecolabelled products these days (37 per cent), the surveys show that there are a growing number of shoppers that are increasingly environmentally conscious and concerned about sustainability (56 per cent); less price sensitive (32 per cent);  and prepared to go out of their way to purchase ecolabelled products (24 per cent).

Overall, 55 per cent of respondents believe ecolabels are effective in helping bringing changes to environmental/social problems (33 per cent still undecided) and 65 per cent think that buying MSC- labelled products will help bring improvements to the marine environment (31 per cent  still undecided).

The growth in awareness is also supported by other research carried out by Panelwizard commissioned in March 2010 in the Netherlands in which 22 % of respondents can identify the MSC ecolabel.

source: Marine Stewardship Council press release