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Weekly Overview: Wal-Mart Accepts Alaska's Responsible Fisheries Management Programme

Lucy Towers
28 January 2014, at 12:00am

ANALYSIS - Inthis week's news, US supermarket giant Wal-Mart will continue to stock Alaskan seafood in its stores nationwide after accepting Alaska's Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) programme, writes Lucy Towers, TheFishSite Editor.

The announcement follows months of discussions after Wal-Mart threatened to drop Alaskan salmon as it was not certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

After investigations by the Sustainability Consortium, Wal-Mart has now revised its sustainable sourcing policy meaning that Alaska's RFM is now accepted.

Rothamsted Research, UK, has submitted an application to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for permission to carry out a GM field trial to test whether GM Camelina sativa plants are able to make significant quantities of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) in the seed of the plant under field conditions. 

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has put an end to the on-going maritime dispute between Peru and Chile.

The Court has drawn a new maritime boundary between the two countries to clarify the ownership of the disputed 38,000 km2 of ocean.

Norway's Marine Harvest has become the first aquaculture company to be listed at the New York Stock Exchange. 

"This is a big day for Marine Harvest and the salmon farming industry," said Alf-Helge Aarskog, CEO of Marine Harvest.

Despite having many of the country's fisheries and aquaculture operations destroyed by typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines has reported a larger fish output in 2013.

The combined harvests of commercial, municipal and aquaculture increased by 1.23 per cent, from P138.0 billion to P139.7 billion, boosted by roundscad production which grew by 17.03 per cent, followed by milkfish (3.7 per cent), tilapia (3.18 per cent) and tiger prawn (2.59 per cent).