The European Union, United States and 28 other countries have ratified and brought into force the first global treaty that aims to put an end to illegal fishing and enforce a previous United Nations agreement.
Although not moving fast enough, the trend to sustainable seafood is now established and growing. More Americans realize that wild fish is the healthiest protein, and want to know that their grandchildren will enjoy it.
Project Eyes on the Seas combines satellite monitoring of the oceans with other information, such as fishing-vessel databases and oceanographic data, to help authorities detect suspicious fishing activity far more efficiently than has been possible in the past.
Traceability of fishing transactions -- from "net to plate" -- allows the ethical hopes to become practical steps. It is a lengthy process but dialogue is the main component to achieve enhanced bilateral cooperation, offer technical assistance and development aid.
It may be hard to stomach, but your tuna sandwich, your sushi, and even your cat food may be directly connected to modern-day slavery on the other side of the world -- and there's very little you can do about it.
I love seafood -- from succulent scallops to salty anchovies, seafood is an increasingly popular meal in my own home and across the United States. Yet consumers searching for sustainable seafood will find very little information about the seafood they eat.
Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing depletes fish stocks, destroys marine habitats, distorts competition, puts honest fishers at an unfair disadvantage, and weakens coastal communities, particularly in developing countries.
It seems silly to say so, but is it not true that this entire process is justified to provide virility/fertility medicines or status symbols to consumers most probably ignorant of or indifferent to the consequences of their desires?
Global fisheries provide an important source of healthy food and employment to the world's population. But unsustainable fisheries practices can put the world's fisheries and our food security at risk.
While waiting for the protections they deserve, loggerhead turtles continue to die in record numbers. This mass stranding has occurred each year for more than a decade thanks to the government's negligence and active denial of the problem.
Held on the sea's surface or just below with floating devices, driftnets can be miles long. Depending on the size of the mesh, they can entangle anything that happens to swim nearby, including sea turtles, whales, swordfish, and tuna.