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Climate Change Caused By Humans Threatens Aquaculture

Aquaculture, freshwater and marine, employs over 21 million people worldwide and provides 46 percent of global fish and seafood production and 52 percent of fish and seafood for human consumption, according to the World Aquaculture Society. It has warned that “the impacts of human-caused climate change on production systems threaten this vital source of food security.”

110 aquatic scientific societies, representing over 80,000 scientists, have signed a statement by the American Fisheries Society. With the title “Statement of World Aquatic Scientific Societies on the need to take urgent action against human-caused climate change, based on scientific evidence.”

Salmon Applications Stuck In Administrative Jungle

Ireland’s problem in dealing with aquaculture licensing has a somewhat similar problem in Iceland where the Independence Party has complained in Iceland’s Parliament that around 40 licences for aquaculture operations are still awaiting approval, the oldest going back to 2015.” The party has also stated that applications for fish processing have been held up. Sport fishing representative groups have opposed many salmon farming applications.

Seafood Companies Should Prove What They Say According to Canadians

90 percent of Canadians say that seafood companies should provide information to back up their environmental claims on product labelling. These could mislead shoppers, according to the ‘SeaChoice’ organisation which describes itself as a consumer watchdog, a partnership of three national conservation/environmental organisations. In a report following “an investigation of seafood environmental claims in Canadian retailers,” titled ‘Certification, Verification or Fabrication?’ it claims to have “found the sustainability of about two-thirds (65 percent) of the most common type of claims could not be verified based on the product label or website.

Millions for Seaweed

Australia has launched a seaweed development for growing seaweed which will cost over €60m.. The ‘Seaweed Industry plan has identified seaweeds as a major new source of protein, essential to global food security and able to deliver sustainable development.

Chinese Fleet Continues to Threaten Galapagos

Chinese vessels are continuing to threaten the Galapagos Islands Marine Reserve, a world preserved area. 300 Chinese vessels have been fishing primarily for squid, an essential part of the area’s delicate ecosystem according to Oceana, a non-profit organisation which works on ocean conservation. Potential over-fishing of squid is a concern as it is a key to the diet of well-known local species,

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