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Sustainable Seafood Coalition

Seafood Businesses Agree to Consistent Environmental Labeling, Sourcing

The Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC), a coalition of major seafood suppliers, brands, supermarkets and restaurants has published two codes of conduct guiding their environmental labeling and sourcing policies. One code is designed to give consumers certainty about what environmental claims on fish and seafood mean, while the second will ensure … Read more »

Hyatt sustainable seafood

Hyatt Launches Sustainable Seafood Initiative

Hyatt Hotels has launched a global initiative to increase procurement of responsibly sourced seafood at its hotels, starting with an initial goal of responsibly sourcing more than 50 percent of their inventory by 2018. As a part of this effort, Hyatt will also work toward purchasing more than 15 percent … Read more »

EPA Proposes Limited Pebble Mine Development

The EPA has proposed limiting development of the Pebble Mine project to protect the salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska, in a move supported by commercial fishermen, investors and jewelers alike. The development of this gold, copper and molybdenum mine, which is backed by Northern Dynasty Minerals and the Pebble … Read more »

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Safeway Sources More than Half of Seafood Sustainability

Safeway continues to make progress in sourcing seafood sustainably, surpassing the 51 percent milestone toward having all fresh and frozen seafood responsibly caught or farmed by the end of 2015, according to the company’s 2013 sustainability report. Also in 2013, Safeway achieved no. 2 ranking on Greenpeace’s sustainable seafood retail … Read more »

Whole Foods, Safeway Top Sustainable Seafood Ranking

Whole Foods, Safeway Top Sustainable Seafood Ranking

Whole Foods and Safeway top Greenpeace’s annual ranking of supermarkets’ sustainable seafood policies. Four supermarkets — Roundy’s, Bi-Lo, Save Mart and Publix — failed altogether, according to the 2014 Carting Away the Oceans (CATO). Kroger, the fifth biggest food retailer in the world, was dinged for selling the most “red … Read more »

Farmed Yellowtail Introduced to US Market

Catalina Offshore Products has partnered with Baja Seas to bring the Baja farmed yellowtail to the US market. Also known as Baja hiramasa, the fish will be introduced at the Seafood Expo North America, March 16-18 in Boston. The companies say the texture and flavor of the Baja farmed yellowtail is similar to Hawaiian … Read more »

Hilton Bans Shark Fin Dishes

Hilton Worldwide will cease serving shark fin and stop accepting new orders for shark fin dishes by April 1, 2014. The ban covers all restaurants and facilities operated by its 96 owned and managed properties across Asia Pacific. The final step of the ban takes effect in Japan on April 1, 2014, when shark fin dishes will no longer be served … Read more »

Shellfish Ranch Approved, Jellyfish Operation Set to Harvest

Fisheries are making waves in the news as a California agency approves the first shellfish ranch in federal waters and South Carolina’s first jellyfish operation raises environmental concern. The California Coastal Commission approved the 100-acre underwater plot for the development of Mediterranean mussels in federal waters 9.5 miles offshore from Long … Read more »

Sustainability, Local Sourcing Top Restaurant Trends

Sustainability, Local Sourcing Top Restaurant Trends

Locally sourced food, sustainability and waste reduction will be among the top restaurant trends this year, according to a survey of about 1,300 US chefs. The National Restaurant Association’s What’s Hot in 2014 survey ranks locally sourced meats and seafood, locally grown produce and environmental sustainability as the no. 1, … Read more »

Rio 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics to Serve Sustainable Seafood

All seafood served at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be certified as sustainably wild caught and responsibly farmed, according to an agreement signed yesterday. According to the memorandums of understanding (MOUs) between the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Marine Stewardship Council … Read more »

Blue Sea Labs

Blue Sea Labs Wins Sustainable Seafood Competition

Blue Sea Labs, which uses e-commerce and software to shorten the seafood supply chain and provide transparency, has won first place and $40,000 in the Fish 2.0 Finals, a business competition intended to connect fishing and aquaculture businesses and investors that want to support sustainable seafood companies. Blue Sea Labs’ … Read more »

Sea Pact

Seafood Industry Forms Sustainable Fishing Coalition

Albion Fisheries, Santa Monica Seafood, Seattle Fish Co. and other major seafood companies have formed Sea Pact, an industry coalition to advance environmentally sustainable fisheries and aquaculture practices. The members say they’ll help build a long-term sustainable seafood industry by financially contributing to improve the fishing and fish farming systems … Read more »