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Blue ticked off: the controversy over the MSC fish ‘ecolabel’

Karen McVeigh, The Guardian Fisheries & Aquaculture

The MSC’s coveted blue tick is the world’s biggest, and some say best, fishery ecolabel. So why is it in the headlines – and does it really do what it says on the tin?

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Predicted Shifts in the Distributions of Atlantic Reef-Building Corals in the Face of Climate Change

Principe, S.C. et al., Frontiers Fisheries & Aquaculture

With climate change, many coral species are experiencing shifts in their distributions, threatening the preservation of coral reefs.

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Assessing the spatial burden of harmful fisheries subsidies

Skerritt, D.J. & Sumaila, UR., Fisheries Economics Research Unit / Oceana Fisheries & Aquaculture

For years we have known that governments subsidize fishing by their own fleets in the waters of other nations. But we did not know exactly where those dollars were destined, making it hard to determine a cumulative footprint for foreign subsidy spending in coastal state waters.

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Habitat value of bivalve shellfish and seaweed aquaculture for fish and invertebrates: Pathways, synthesis and next steps

Theuerkauf, SJ et al., Reviews in Aquaculture Fisheries & Aquaculture

Aquaculture can have negative environmental impacts, adding to the suite of anthropogenic stressors that challenge coastal ecosystems. However, a growing body of scientific evidence indicates that the commercial cultivation of bivalve shellfish and seaweed can deliver valuable ecosystem goods and services, including provision of new habitats for fish and mobile invertebrate species.

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Becoming #GenerationRestoration: Ecosystem Restoration for People, Nature and Climate

Dickson, B. et al., UNEP Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports Tourism

To launch the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, UNEP has released this synthesis report as a call to action for anyone and everyone to join the #GenerationRestoration movement to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide.

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Oceana Finds Hundreds of Vessels Vanishing Along Argentina’s Waters

Oceana Fisheries & Aquaculture

An Oceana analysis found hundreds of foreign fishing vessels, primarily Chinese, pillaging the waters off Argentina and disappearing from public tracking systems. These distant-water fleets mainly fish for shortfin squid, which are vital to Argentina’s economy and the diet of numerous commercial and recreational species, such as tuna and swordfish.

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Positive Social-Ecological Feedbacks in Community-Based Conservation

Quintana, A.C.E. et al., Frontiers in Marine Science Fisheries & Aquaculture

In this paper, we theoretically and empirically explore a model of short-term area-based conservation that prioritizes adaptive co-management: temporary areas closed to fishing, designed by the fishers they affect, approved by the government, and adapted every 5 years.

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Discussing the global importance of the aquaculture industry

Innovation News Network Fisheries & Aquaculture

The Innovation Platform’s Lorna Malkin spoke to Dr Adam Hughes, Marine Ecologist and Senior Lecturer at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), about how aquaculture is evolving and the industry’s potential to contribute positively to the environment.

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Innovations in aquaculture helping to transform food industry

Innovation News Network Fisheries & Aquaculture

By providing a platform for new innovations in aquaculture, the inaugural Global Aquaculture Challenge is helping to transform the food industry’s fastest growing segment.

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The role of aquatic foods in sustainable healthy diets

Ahern, M. et al., UN Nutrition Fisheries & Aquaculture

This discussion paper aims to build consensus on the role of aquatic foods in sustainable healthy diets, presenting the breadth of evidence available to inform and steer policy, investments and research to make full use of the vast potential of aquatic foods in delivering sustainable healthy diets and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Information Sharing Is Key to Ending Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing

The Pew Charitable Trusts Fisheries & Aquaculture

New study uses modelling to show benefits occur even when sharing is not reciprocated.

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“How do we manage fisheries in the midst of climate change?” Q&A with EDF’s Eric Schwaab

Rhett A. Butler, Mongabay Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture

Schwaab spoke about how to increase the resilience of fisheries to climate change; U.S. oceans policy, including what the country has gotten right and wrong; and more in a recent interview with Mongabay founder Rhett A. Butler.

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‘Aquafeed 3.0’: creating a more resilient aquaculture industry with a circular bioeconomy framework

Stefanie M. Colombo & Giovanni M. Turchini, Reviews in Aquaculture Fisheries & Aquaculture

As aquaculture continues to grow, so does the requirement for environmentally sustainable and cost‐effective aquafeed. With an expected increase in aquafeed demand, it is important (now more than ever) to investigate and utilize new aquafeed ingredients that do not deplete natural resources and, instead, may have positive impacts to help control climate change.

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CREO Investment Report Release: Aquaculture Value Chain

Gracie White & Maggie Fried, CREO Fisheries & Aquaculture

Learn about each segment of the sustainable aquaculture value chain in the U.S. and Europe, including growth catalysts, risks, capital needs, and considerations for driving investment impact.

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The Second World Ocean Assessment (Volume II)

United Nations Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports Tourism

The Second World Ocean Assessment (WOA II) is the major output of the second cycle of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the States of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects. It is the newest outcome of the only integrated assessment of the world’s ocean at the global level covering environmental, economic and social aspects.

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The Second World Ocean Assessment (Volume I)

United Nations Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports Tourism

The Second World Ocean Assessment (WOA II) is the major output of the second cycle of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the States of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects. It is the newest outcome of the only integrated assessment of the world’s ocean at the global level covering environmental, economic and social aspects.

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A case for seaweed aquaculture inclusion in U.S. nutrient pollution management

Racine, P. et al., Marine Policy Fisheries & Aquaculture

Seaweed aquaculture is capable of removing large quantities of nitrogen and phosphorus from coastal ecosystems, yet seaweed has gained little traction for its potential role in targeted nutrient assimilation.

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A Safety Net for Ocean Fisheries: The Case for Stronger Protection of Essential Fish Habitat Under the Magnuson-Stevens Act

Brad Sewell & Molly Masterton, NRDC Fisheries & Aquaculture

NRDC conducted a detailed review, including geospatial analysis and mapping, of how each of the eight federal regional management councils (councils) have implemented the Magnuson-Stevens Act’s requirement to designate and minimize harms from fishing to “essential fish habitat” or EFH.

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Animal welfare risks of global aquaculture

Franks, B. et al., Applied Ecology Fisheries & Aquaculture

The unprecedented growth of aquaculture involves well-documented environmental and public-health costs, but less is understood about global animal welfare risks.

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In Hotter Climate, 'Zombie' Urchins Are Winning And Kelp Forests Are Losing

Lauren Sommer, NPR Fisheries & Aquaculture

They're purple, spiky and voracious, and just off the West Coast, there are more of them than you can count.

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