Weekly Overview: New Calculator Allows Businesses to Track the Sustainability of their Seafood

7 October 2015, at 1:00am

ANALYSIS - A new Sustainable Seafood Calculator application, powered by FishChoice.com, in partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch programme and Seattle Fish Co., is enabling businesses to self-assess and track the sustainability of their seafood.

“We partnered with FishChoice.com to create the Seafood Calculator to allow our customers to easily and accurately rate the sustainability of their seafood,” says Derek Figueroa, COO of Seattle Fish Co.

“The Seafood Calculator is a valuable and straightforward tool that makes it easy for Seattle Fish Co. to deliver up-to-date information to our customers and allow them to drive real change.”

Chefs, retailers, distributors, and others can register for a free account and immediately start creating one or more lists of their seafood inventory.

The Chilean Fisheries and Aquaculture department, Subpesca, has delivered $37.7 million pesos to fishermen from the Coquimbo region for the repair of vessels and buildings that were destroyed in the earthquake and tsunami that hit the region on 17 September.

The Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Raul Súnico, said: "From the first day after the earthquake and tsunami, the Government has deployed teams and the effort needed to respond to the emergency as soon as possible. Today, with the delivery of this cheque, we will fulfil the commitment we made to the artisanal fisheries sector to recover its production capacity."

Mr Súnico, alongside the National Director of Sernapesca, José Miguel Burgos, also visited Starline shipyards, in order to assess the progress of new vessel construction.

In other news, the European Commission has warned Taiwan and the Comoros with yellow cards due to their failure to address and cooperate on tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

In more positive news, Ghana and Papua New Guinea have had their yellow cards removed after they successfully addressed the shortcomings in their fisheries governance system.