Conservation Group Asks Marine Stewardship Council to Give Sea Turtles a Break

Several years ago, I spent a few days on a boat with a University of Florida sea turtle research team off the Azorean island of Faial. Using a long-handled dip net, the biologists scooped juvenile loggerheads out of the ocean. Once aboard the ship, the turtles, about the size of dinner plates, were measured, weighed, […]

Newsbites: Schwarzenegger Vetoes Bill that Would Have Given California Farm Workers Overtime Pay; Herbicide Resistant Superweeds are on Their Way to a Farm Near You–Soon; Open Season at Last in Part of the Gulf; Endangered British Columbia Sockeye Get Certified as Sustainable–How Can That Be?

  Jim Crow is Alive and Well in California SB 1121 was hardly a radical-sounding piece of legislation. Among other things, it would have given California’s 700,000 farm workers the right to take one day off out of every seven. Hourly paid agricultural employees would have received overtime pay after eight hours per day or […]

Marine Stewardship Council Loses Its Luster

  Long regarded as the gold-standard for eco-certification of sustainable fisheries around the world, the London-based Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has begun to lose some of its glitter, in the eyes of many of the scientists and environmentalists meeting in Paris this week at the Seafood Choice’s Alliance’s annual Seafood Summit. The flashpoint is the […]