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Editor's Note: 2008: The year of sustainable farmed fish

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By Fiona Robinson, Editor in Chief
January 01, 2008

SeaFood Business wrote its first big feature on sustainability in October 2004. "Eco-buying ups the ante" chronicled the early stages of seafood buyers' sustainability programs. Nearly four years later, sustainability has gone from the boardroom to the processing floor of major seafood producers. 
This issue's Top Story, "Farm focus," written by Contributing Editor Lisa Duchene (who also wrote our 2004 feature), describes the challenges buyers now face: sourcing farmed fish that is certified sustainable.

This next step is critical. With aquaculture representing 43 percent of global seafood production in 2006, certification of farmed fish is crucial to the industry's future. And it seems that some sort of farmed certification is forthcoming. Check out the Top Story on p. 22 for an update on the topic that's driving the future of the nation's seafood purchases.

This is not the only feature covering sustainability - you can find mention of it in a variety of places in this issue. Two Newsline stories on p. 12 - "Friend of the Sea OKs farmed turbot" and "MSC awards first shrimp fishery" - document progress on certification of sustainable species. Lauren Kramer's Trend Watch on p. 34 illustrates how restaurants are adopting eco-friendly measures recommended by the Green Restaurant Association. "Sustainability 101" in Joan Lang's In the Kitchen feature on p. 38 tells how UMass Amherst is successfully following the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch list for its seafood purchases. No matter what business you're in, sustainability is at the forefront.

Several readers will be packing this issue into their briefcase as they head off to the European debut 
of the Seafood Choices Alliance's annual Seafood Summit. This year's venue in Barcelona, Spain, will host a number of new panel topics, including communicating sustainability to consumers; closing ports to illegal, unregulated and unreported fish catches; and the impact of the global sustainability movement on developing countries. These and other topics are sure to inspire fruitful discussions on the future of sustainable seafood stocks worldwide.

Safe travels, and Happy New Year to all.


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