March 24, 2017
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NOAA Fisheries Updates
NOAA Fisheries
NOAA Fisheries released Q4 2016 updates on their Fish Stock Sustainability Index (FSSI) scores for the following stocks: 
  • Greenland Halibut from the Bering Sea / Aleutian Islands (FSSI 4 out of 4)
  • Tilefish from the Southern Atlantic Coast (FSSI 3 out of 4)
Refer to our Sustainable Seafood Updates page for full details. 

NOAA Fisheries just released their 2016 High Seas Driftnet report to Congress. Here are some of the highlights of the report:
  • The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) global moratorium has been in effect for 24 years and the report states that implementation is generally successful
  • North Pacific: In 2016, no vessels were sighted by the U.S. conducting large-scale high seas driftnet fishing, while Canada and Japan sighted one each
  • Mediterranean Sea: Although the U.S. did not identify any sightings of large-scale high seas driftnet fishing, it is widely believed by environmental non-governmental organizations that Italy and Morrocco conduct large-scale high seas driftnet fishing
  • Indian Ocean:  According to the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) there are fishing fleets in the northern Indian Ocean that are fishing with drift nets and are not in compliance with the UNGA global moratorium
Click here (pdf) for the full report. 
Seafood Spotlight: Lingcod
Seafood Spotlight: Lingcod
The highest quality lingcod is caught by hook-and-line gear and when the fish is bled and put on ice immediately. Most lingcod is caught as bycatch in other fisheries, but there are some targeted fisheries, namely Southeast Alaska. Raw lingcod flesh can have a blue-green tint, this is perfectly normal, and when cooked it turns a snow white color. Look for a grayish flesh color and/or blood spots to signal mishandling and dull eyes and faded gills on whole lingcod indicate a lack of freshness.

Key sustainability sourcing notes for lingcod based on combining landings data from 2012-2015 and the most recent 2014 (U.S.) and 2016 (B.C.) Seafood Watch assessments and MSC certification (2014):
  • ~7.5% of North American lingcod landings and ~60% of U.S. West Coast landings are MSC-certified (U.S. West Coast trawl-caught) 
  • ~10% of North American lingcod landings meet a Seafood Watch "Best Choice (green)" recommendation (~60% from Oregon, ~30% from Washington, and ~10% from California)
  • ~80% of North American lingcod landings meet a Seafood Watch "Good Alternative (yellow)" recommendation (~90% from British Columbia)
  • ~10% of North American lingcod landings are unrated/unknown (~75% from Alaska)
  • The total landings of U.S. West Coast lingcod were ~15% of the total allowable catch (TAC)
Learn more details with our updated lingcod sustainable seafood guide
Catanese Classic Seafood - Cleveland, Ohio
Catanese Classic Seafood
Catanese Classic Seafood is a wholesale distributor of fresh and frozen seafood, distributing throughout the state of Ohio. The Catanese brothers, Jim and John, have over 30 years of distribution experience, starting in 1982 when with their father Dominick, founded Waterfront Seafood.  In 2004, Jim and John Catanese started Catanese Classic Seafood with just three employees in a 7,500 square ft. building. Today, they distribute to the finest restaurants, country clubs, hotels, and retailers throughout Ohio. A commitment to quality and outstanding service has earned them the award of Purveyor of the Year by the American Culinary Federation in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Read more...
Sustainable Seafood News of the Week
2017 Seafood Champion Awards Finalists Announced
(SeaWeb, 3/18/2017)

Organizations Worldwide Join Together in Advocating for Policy Changes in Tuna Fisheries in 2017
(ISSF, 3/23/2017)

Inside China’s Almost-Totally-Legal $400M Fishery in Africa
(Wired, 3/23/2017)

Ocean Choice, SFP Launch Canadian Redfish and Ocean Perch Fisheries
(SeafoodSource, 3/19/2017)

Sustainable Squid Breakthrough
(The Fish Site, 3/21/2017)

Norovirus Rocks British Columbia’s Shellfish Sector
(The Globe and Mail, 3/22/2017)

New Challenges for Aquaculture in North Atlantic
(Ice News, 3/19/2017)

Haddock from UK Waters Removed from Sustainable Seafood List
(The Guardian, 3/17/2017)

Clarification on Seafood Ratings Advice
(Marine Conservation Society, 3/17/2017)

Santa Monica to Launch Bristol’s Fair Trade Scallops in Albertsons
(Undercurrent News, 3/17/2017)

Love Canned Tuna? More Grocers Want to Make Sure it Was Caught Responsibly
(NPR, 3/22/2017)

DNA Barcoding Needed to Break Fish Black Market
(Horizon Magazine, 3/22/2017)

Canada's Food Inspection Agency Just Flunked a Test for Seafood Labels
(National Observer, 3/17/2017)

Florida Sharks Worth More Alive than Dead, Study Finds
(Miami Herald, 3/21/2017)

How to Eat Fish and Still Save the Earth
(GQ Magazine, 3/21/2017)
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