Ocean Trust Presents New System for Assessing Sustainability to FAO

Ocean Trust and NOAA presented a new approach to assess the sustainability of seafood at the Food and Agriculture Organization Committee on Fisheries (COFI) meeting in Rome. Thor Lassen, president of Ocean Trust and member of the US Delegation to COFI led the presentation.  “Sustainability, although often gauged on a fishery by fishery basis, is actually the result of a well-designed and implemented management system,” said Lassen. “We present a structured evaluation process to assess management systems ability to maintain the sustainability of fisheries under national and state programs.” The briefing provided information on the methodology, assessments of US management systems, and its potential to bring greater recognition and acceptance of State sponsored assessments by the public…view FAO Briefing.

Scientists Challenge Secretary Kerry's Advice & Facts on Global Fisheries

Ray Hilborn, Brian Rothschild, Steve Cadrin and Thor Lassen co-authored an editorial posted on The Hill, a Capitol Hill online journal challenging Secretary Kerry's advice and comments at the 2014 Asia-Pacific summit.  The editorial points out that this past September, the Administration created the largest marine reserve in the world when it expanded the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, moving this strategy to the forefront of our international ocean policy. Secretary Kerry hailed this development as “critical” at the summit, going on to note, “most of the fisheries of the world are overfished.” But Secretary Kerry gets some key facts wrong regarding the status of fisheries…Read more.

Ocean Trust Launches Drive to Establish Gulf of Mexico Native Plant Center for Coastal Restoration of Key Fishery Habitat in the Gulf...read more

Ocean Trust Endorses NOAA Assessment on the Sustainability of US Fisheries

Ocean Trust strongly endorsed the recent release of NOAA’s assessment that shows the standards of the U.S. fishery management system more than meet the criteria of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s ecolabelling guidelines. These same guidelines serve as a basis for many consumer seafood certification and ranking schemes.

“The NOAA assessment offers a model for assessing the sustainability of fishery management systems,” noted Thor Lassen, co-developer of the assessment methodology. “The thoroughness of the assessment validates not only the sustainability of US fisheries, but the potential to move towards certification of management systems instead of individual fisheries.” Read more.

Bonefish Grill: Supporting Sustainability One Sip at a Time

I can’t say enough about Bonefish Grill, their commitment to sustainability, and innovative approach to supporting it.  I sat down at a Bonefish Grill in Baton Rouge recently to try their new Ocean Trust Tropic Heat Martini. Wow, I was blown away by the flavor and spice. I admit I had three…Read more.

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