SPECIAL REPORT ------ U.S. Seafood: Ratings and Realities
When the National Park Service (NPS) announced it would utilize third party seafood ratings to set guidelines for seafood options within U.S. National Parks, the agency revived a debate surrounding the eco-certification of U.S. seafood.
Tomorrow, NPS is meeting with NOAA in an attempt to reconcile concerns and ensure that its new sustainable seafood guidelines aren’t detrimental to fishermen, processors, and consumers alike.
In June, the National Park Service (NPS) announced a new initiative to provide healthier and more sustainable food options in national parks across the United States. As part of the program, NPS created guidelines for “sustainable seafood,” stating that parks will “provide only [seafood options] that are ‘Best Choices’ or ‘Good Alternatives’ on the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch list, certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), or identified by an equivalent program that has been approved by the NPS.”
Read the Saving Seafood investigative report on how third party ratings and certification programs can mislead retailers and consumers.
October 26, 2014 -- In April 2013, John Bullard, NOAA’s chief northeast regional administrator, first imposed Draconian cuts of up to 78 percent in fishermen’s allowable landings of cod and other groundfish species. And at the time, he called it the fishing industry’s and fishing communities’ “day of reckoning” over stock declines.
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