October 26, 2015
Climate change damages ocean ecosystems. Ocean acidification and temperature increases are wreaking havoc on plants and animals that live in the ocean, upending marine food webs, and hurting diversity and energy flows. According to the FAO, fisheries and aquaculture support the livelihood for 10 to 12 percent of the world’s population—the collapse of ocean ecosystems would deal a significant blow to global food security and the global economy. Read the article at The Guardian.
Something smells fishy. A new study by Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future researchers found between 40 and 47 percent of the U.S. seafood supply is wasted, which adds up to 2 billion pounds of seafood each year. The greatest portion of seafood loss occurred among consumers (51 to 63 percent of waste), 16 to 32 percent of waste is due to bycatch, while 13 to 16 percent is lost in distribution and retail operations. Read the article at NPR.
Blood diamonds of the sea. Costco, Mars, and Nestle are each being sued by consumers for selling seafood sourced from fisheries using forced labor and human trafficking. The products under question are prawns, and fish used in pet food, coming from the South China Sea, Thailand, and Indonesia. Read the article at The Maritime Executive and The Guardian.
“Gravad Lox” is not IKEA’s latest furniture, it’s fish! The Swedish home furnishing store will begin selling only sustainable wild and farmed fish at its stores across the world. Their seafood sales are a quarter billion dollars each year, which will send more money towards fisheries and aquaculture with Marine Stewardship Council and Aquaculture Stewardship Council accreditation. Read the article at Food World News.
Zero discharge achieved in U.S. shrimp research facility. Designing fish farms that do not produce liquid waste, also called effluent, is a major challenge. David Brune, professor at University of Missouri, thinks he has solved this problem for raising Pacific white shrimp by separating shrimp growing areas from waste treatment. Brune uses algae-filled ponds to break down shrimp waste, and hopes to sell his first crop of shrimp this month. Read the article at Seafood Source.
Happy Birthday National Aquaculture Act. Thirty-five years ago Congress said: “It is in the national interest, and it is the national policy, to encourage the development of aquaculture in the United States.” …and federal aquaculture policy was born. Read the article at NOAA.
Mark your calendars. October is national seafood month. If you are eating fish to celebrate, try a type of fish you haven’t eaten before or fish caught locally. Tweet about it using hashtag #SeafoodMonth. Read the article at NMFS.