I’m delighted to introduce our Annual Report 2013-14 and the Global Impacts Report 2014. Together these reports show the progress being made to secure the future of the world’s oceans, and a plentiful supply of seafood for generations to come….
In the framework of the Seafood Expo Global 2014 in Brussels, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) held its annual Global Commercial Network meeting, which showed an annual rise in MSC certified products of 21% to September 2013 and a fivefold increase in four years…. Read more (Seafood Source)
American Albacore Fishing Association (AAFA) and Western Fishboat Owners Association (WFOA) have merged their individual Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) fishery certifications…. Read more (Under Current News)
According to the a recent report of DNA testing, less than 1 percent of products bearing the Marine Stewardship Council ecolabel are mislabeled…. Read more (SeafoosSource.com)
American Albacore Fishing Association (AAFA) and Western Fishboat Owners Association (WFOA) representing the vast percentage of the US west coast albacore landings are pleased to announce, going into the 2013 albacore season, the two organizations are involved in ongoing productive discussions on issues relevant to both groups.
Both organizations believe in the same goals of fair and equitable pricing and marketing of their albacore tuna as well as mutual cooperation in research and data collection on albacore stocks maintaining a sustainable U.S. fishery now and in the future.
Both groups have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as having sustainable and well managed fisheries for albacore tuna in the North and South Pacific and have a goal of merging the two separate certifications into one. This will create MSC certification covering all US troll and pole albacore vessels. The singular certification representing US pole & troll albacore fishermen will clearly identify products for consumers in the US and worldwide.
Both WFOA and AAFA also have increased mutual cooperation in both the international and federal management arena. Both organizations believe access to the resource is a challenge in a high pressure regulatory climate driven by many outside interests, agendas, and money.
We also agree that a united front in both management and marketing is a benefit to the fishermen, fishing community in general, and to the consumer.
WFOA and AAFA believe this is a new beginning for the US albacore troll and pole fleet. Solidarity of the US albacore pole & troll fleet will create a unified voice to manage the many challenges facing our industry.
If ever there was a disgruntled Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) client, the At-Sea Processors Association (APA) is one…. Read more (Intrafish/PDF)