Monthly Archives: May 2013

Ruling in Favor of Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources Relating to State’s Aquarium Fishery

Last week I wrote about an EarthJustice lawsuit in Hawaii seeking to compel the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to carry out environmental reviews under the Hawaii Environmental Policy Act (HEPA) before issuing any new aquarium collection permits or renewing … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Attorney General Sues NOAA Over “Callous Disregard” for Fishing Industry

These new regulations will be a death sentence for the Massachusetts fishing industry as we know it, devastating the fishing communities in our Commonwealth. The federal government has shown a callous disregard for the well-being of Massachusetts fishing families. The … Continue reading

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Emergency Measure Attempting to Save Maine Groundfishing Fleet Gets Mixed Reviews

L.D. 1549, An Act To Provide an Exemption for Incidentally Caught Lobsters, is the next in a long line of legislative initiatives aimed at saving Maine’s groundfishing industry in the face of drastic quota reductions and a dwindling fleet. The bill, which contains … Continue reading

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Oceana Sues National Marine Fisheries Service

In order to restore New England’s groundfish populations to healthy levels, we need enough monitoring to enforce scientifically based catch limits. Impartial observers on fishing vessels are crucial in getting accurate data on how many fish are being taken out … Continue reading

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Trader Joe’s Unexpected Jump on Greenpeace’s Sustainable Seafood Scorecard

Today Greenpeace released its 2013 Carting Away the Oceans (CATO) report, and Trader Joe’s earned unexpected accolades instead of insults from the non-governmental environmental organization. CATO is Greenpeace’s sustainable seafood ranking initiative, which it launched in 2008. Since its launch, only two … Continue reading

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Frustration on European Common Fisheries Policy

Despite negotiating through the night to save fisheries in Europe it is becoming clear that certain European Union (EU) countries with large fishing industries, supported by the Irish Presidency, are using bullying tactics with members of the European Parliament (MEP) … Continue reading

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A Love-Hate Relationsgip with Edible QR Code Ecolabeling

“We are growing faster than our projections. We have been record busy.” -Chef Ruiz of San Diego-based Harney Sushi The sushi is the best in San Diego and that’s probably not just because of the edible QR code tags. Nonetheless, … Continue reading

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