Wednesday, October 19, 2016

It’s Time to Reform the Hawaiian Longline Fishing Sector’s Use of Undocumented Workers


Seven to eight hundred undocumented foreign workers are currently used by the Hawaiian longline fishing fleet that catches primarily tuna and swordfish and these workers lack basic fair labor protections due to a federal loophole that was engineered by past Hawaiian congressmen.   It is now time to quickly reform this practice because the workers’ pay is typically much less than federal minimum wage, they cannot set foot on U.S. soil, and they are at very high risk of suffering all the abuses that are associated with human trafficking.

Because these trafficked foreign workers (mostly from S.E. Asia) have no visas and their passports and identification documents are confiscated by the vessel owners/captains, they are not able to ever leave the fishing boats.  This de facto permanent detention goes against the basic human right of mobility and provides very little ability for workers to protest or seek relief from unfair labor practices and dangerous workplace conditions.

Just this week the FBI concluded its 10th annual Operation Cross Country in which it arrested 349 individuals for human trafficking for the U.S. and international sex trade.  While the sex trade both locally and internationally is certainly more abhorrent than the Hawaiian longline fishing sector’s labor trafficking, our seafood industry cannot tolerate any longer the condition of employment that they impose on their undocumented foreign workers.

The situation is simply unsustainable and not in the best interest of our seafood industry and seafood lovers everywhere.  All our efforts to promote seafood as the healthiest and most environmentally friendly animal protein on Earth will ring morally hollow if we don’t act now to stop human rights abuses and unfair labor issues in our own backyard and around the globe. 

It is definitely time to reform the Hawaiian longline fishing sector’s use of undocumented workers.

Sincerely,
David Glaubke, Director of Sustainability Initiatives


Monday, October 17, 2016

The Increasing Availability of 4 Star BAP Certified Shrimp

Sea Port is continuing to advance the environmental and social sustainability of farm raised shrimp by seeking to offer 4 Star BAP Certified Shrimp as they start becoming more available in the market place.
For years Sea Port has been a proud governing member of the Global Aquaculture Alliance that operates the BAP (best aquaculture practices) certification program.
Explanation of the BAP Star certification system: Each Star certifies that a specific supply chain activity for producing farmed raised shrimp is done with the best available aquaculture practices that minimize environmental impacts, respect workers’ rights and produce wholesome products.  The four specified areas are the processing plants, the farms, the hatcheries, and the feed mills.
Four Stars:  Product produced by a BAP-certified processing plant, BAP-certified farm(s) only, BAP-certified hatchery only and BAP-certified feed mill only
Three Stars:  Product produced by a BAP-certified processing plant, BAP-certified farm(s) only and BAP-certified hatchery and/or feed mill only
Two Stars:  Product produced by a BAP-certified processing plant and BAP-certified farm(s) only
One Star:  Product produced by a BAP-certified processing plant
Sea Port is an avid supporter of all the Stars of the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s BAP certification program.  Please consider sourcing your shrimp using the BAP Stars as your guideline and join Sea Port in helping to advance sustainable aquaculture.            

       Sincerely, David Glaubke - Director of Sustainability Initiatives - Sea Port

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Let’s All Go Blue! During NATIONAL October Seafood Month

Within the last couple of years, “Sustainable global seafood production” has emerged as the world’s “poster child” for advancing the environmental stewardship of our precious blue planet.


During this October National Seafood Month, how can you contribute to this critical campaign?

The answer:  Simply commit to eat at least two responsibly sourced seafood meals/week for the month of October (and beyond).

Sea Port’s Go Blue! Initiative has always championed the consumption of seafood to promote sustainability and environmental stewardship because we strongly believe that both responsible wild fisheries and aquaculture production processes are the most environmentally friendly of all the global animal protein production systems.  We also strongly believe in the unique nutritional benefits that seafood offers to all age groups.

There is no easier action you can take to contribute to making our world more sustainable now and for future generations than to simply increase your seafood consumption.  In doing so, you will also be treating yourself to some of the healthiest and most delicious food on Earth!

Let’s all commit during this October National Seafood Month to increase our seafood consumption.  We will celebrate together as we become a part of the solution to advance the environmental stewardship of our wondrous blue planet while also improving our personal health.


Sincerely yours,
David Glaubke, Director of Sustainability Initiatives


Wednesday, September 14, 2016


NFI Launches “Dish on Fish” Social Media Channels to Promote Seafood Consumption

Please visit these social media channels to help drive seafood consumption:
1.        Dish on Fish Blog
2.        Dish on Fish Facebook Page
3.        Dish on Fish Pinterest
4.        Dish on Fish Twitter


Sea Port enthusiastically encourages all customers, suppliers, and consumers to promote these NFI (National Fisheries Institute) social media channels to assist in promoting the consumption of seafood in the U.S. to at least 2 servings per week as recommended by the United States Dietary GuidelinesUnfortunately, only 1 in 10 Americans follow this seafood consumption guideline.  We certainly have our promotional work cut out for us!

Sea Port believes that by consuming responsibly produced and sustainable seafood from both wild fisheries and aquaculture, we will advance our personal health and the environmental stewardship of our beautiful blue planet.  Let’s all join in and act boldly to collectively spread the health and environmental benefits of eating more seafood.  By acting together we will definitely make a positive difference going forward.
  

                                                                                                                                     
David Glaubke
Director of Sustainability Initiatives


Friday, August 5, 2016

National Fisheries Institute Promoting Seafood Consumption Via New Blog



As a key part of its new initiative to educate Americans about the benefits and enjoyment of eating seafood, the National Fisheries Institute is expanding its online reach with the launch of a consumer-focused seafood blog, Dish on Fish; with supporting Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter channels.

“Dish on Fish” is an initiative sponsored by the NFI to encourage Americans to eat seafood at least twice a week, as recommended by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Sea Port encourages everyone in our seafood industry and everyone who loves seafood to bookmark this new blog site from the NFI and share it.  By working together we will help advance not only the health of America but also of our global aquatic resources that make seafood possible.

With new research findings emerging almost daily about the benefits of seafood in the diets of pregnant women, children, young adults, and seniors, Sea Port has made the commitment to helping people understand how adding seafood to the diet will benefit everybody.

 Please join both Sea Port and the NFI in spreading the fantastic news about seafood consumption.
                                      


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Farm Raised White & Tiger Shrimp Advancing along Sea Port’s
 Go Blue! Seafood Sustainability Spectrums

Four years ago, Sea Port conducted sustainability assessments for both Farm Raised White & Tiger Shrimp in order to reveal the existing and potential environmental impacts and risks that were associated with producing these delicacies for human consumption.  The EMS disease crisis of the past 4-6 years, while creating a great setback in the production of farmed shrimp, has now created a positive wave of new aquaculture technologies and practices.  As a result, there has occurred an overall improvement in the sustainable husbandry of shrimp on a global basis. To celebrate this, Sea Port is now advancing Farm Raised White and Tiger Shrimp forward along their respective

Rationale:


  •      There is now more of a universal adherence to established best aquaculture practices as well as new practices such as using feed and both broodstock and nursery stocks that are disease free or resistant, maintaining cleaner pond bottoms, monitoring water quality in terms of striving for a healthy microbial balance that discourages the emergence of pathogenic opportunists, and implementing polyculture schemes using finfish species such as tilapia that complement water quality maintenance.  These advances and others have greatly reduced the negative environmental impacts associated with shrimp aquaculture in terms of protecting the surrounding ecosystems from farm effluents and conserving their productive natural resources that are used as farm inputs.  In addition, the growth in sustainable aquaculture certification schemes such as BAP, ASC, and GlobalG.A.P. have collectively helped drive these and other best practices toward greatly improving environmental and socioeconomic sustainability.



  •      There are now efforts to manage regional shrimp farms in relationship to their proximity and sharing of hydrologic systems so that EMS or any other emerging disease problems such as EHP can be managed better in terms of preventing their spread to other farms and to the surrounding ecosystems.


  •      Lastly, on the high-tech side, there are now available on-site diagnostic tools for both EMS & EHP that will enable near real-time detection of these disease agents in feeds, water, shrimp, and other substrates and this will greatly improve disease management.


From the major adversity caused by EMS, there has arisen a stronger and more mature global shrimp farming industry.  However, this aquaculture sector is still only in its infancy (please see Sea Port EMS Blog of 2013) and as new diseases inevitably emerge in the future, the lessons learned from EMS and EHP will greatly help mitigate their negative impacts to this industry that produces true seafood delicacies.  Please note and celebrate the advancement of the sustainability spectrum needles for both Farm Raised White and Tiger Shrimp:









Please continue to enjoy shrimp, American’s favorite seafood and stay tuned for future sustainability updates.

Go Blue! For Our Environment – For Sustainability – For Our Health

Sincerely,
David Glaubke,

Director of Sustainability Initiatives – Sea Port Products Corp.

Monday, July 25, 2016


Four years of blogging about the vast complex environmental and socio-economic aspects associated with advancing sustainable seafood production has been an unprecedented dynamic learning experience for Sea Port.  Now is the perfect time for Sea Port to pause, analyze, and to highlight the four main blog takeaways from the past four years that have stood out to us the most. While the following four selected highlights are conclusory, speculative, and prospective in nature, Sea Port’s steadfast blog message throughout the entire past four years has always been a simple one:  By increasing our consumption of sustainably produced seafood from wild fisheries and aquaculture we will advance the entire health of our beautiful blue planet and that of our personal health and wellbeing.

Four Standout Blog Takeaways from the Past 4 Years:

1.    There is now a greater worldwide consensus that the Earth is in a new epoch called the Anthropocene in which humans are causing climate change, ocean acidification, destructive pollution, and habitat changes that are now becoming major challenges to achieving sustainable wild fisheries and aquaculture.  This new consensus is a very positive development because it is creating a united global effort to confront these negative consequences of humanity’s remarkably successful journey through history to become Earth’s most dominant inhabitant. 

2.    The explosion in global communication, driven primarily by the exponential growth of the internet and cellular networks, has enabled the instantaneous sharing of fishery science data and technological advancements.  This has resulted in rapid sustainability improvements in both wild fisheries and aquaculture on a global basis. What you cannot measure you cannot improve and this is being addressed by the rapid development of high-tech sensors that can measure a myriad of physical, chemical, visual, and biological variables in real-time. These sensors will transform responsible management practices for both wild fisheries and aquaculture going forward.

3.    The loss of global biodiversity and natural habitats must be halted in order to safeguard the creative adaptive capacity of Mother Nature that ensures that our productive natural resources will always continue to have the resiliency to provide for our long-term survival.

4.    Sustainable food production, whether from the wild or farms, requires the responsible management of limited natural resources and physical spaces in order to achieve the maximum sustainable yield of food from our finite planet.  World human population, as it expands toward 10 billion by the year 2050, may likewise require proactive responsible management efforts to achieve the maximum sustainable yield in terms of the actual human numbers that can inhabit our Earth on a sustainable basis.

Conclusion:  The consensus at Sea Port is that the color blue is the color of optimism and that therefore our Earth is the epitome of such.  It is with this strong belief that Sea Port enthusiastically looks forward to sharing many more blogs that highlight and champion the responsible stewardship of all the precious aquatic resources of our wondrous blue planet. 
  

Sincerely, Dave Glaubke

Director of Sustainability Initiatives – Sea Port Products