Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
United States
Subscribe to FIS | Register with FIS | Advertise with FIS | Newsletter | About FIS | Contact us

NWAA encourage Patagonia to re-evaluate its affiliation with WFC


Click on the flag for more information about United States UNITED STATES
Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 07:00 (GMT + 9)

Covington, WA—Patagonia, a billion-dollar, privately held, multi-national corporation founded in 1973 and based in Ventura, California, manufactures and sells high-end outdoor clothing made largely from synthetic materials.

Recently, the company began offering a line of what it describes as “responsibly sourced” foods, under the brand, “Patagonia Provisions.”  Such “provisions” include a very pricey almond butter that sells for $17.99 for an eight-ounce jar, exotic grains, pastas, and imported spices, and small pouches of wild “responsibly sourced from Alaska” salmon, available in a sampler retailing for $44.00.

So perhaps it is not surprising, given its venture into salmon sales, that Patagonia has taken up with an anti-aquaculture NGO, the Wild Fish Conservancy (WFC), to launch one of the most scientifically unfounded and defamatory attacks on aquaculture by a competitor in the wild fish sector via a video disparaging the family-owned and operated company, Cooke—which was recently named by the respected trade group, SeafoodSource, as one of the Top 25 Seafood Suppliers in North America for Sustainability & Conservation.

YouTube: Take Back Puget Sound | Session 001 | Patagonia Provisions

The Northwest Aquaculture Alliance (NWAA), whose members share the vision of creating working waterfronts, rural jobs, and a robust Blue Economy through the responsible production of aquaculture products, and whose members are in the business of making it possible for people of modest means to be able to afford nutritious finfish and shellfish, would like to challenge Patagonia to engage with our organization and our scientists to learn the real story of aquaculture—land-based, freshwater, and marine.

We respectfully suggest that Patagonia consider the old proverb, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones,” and cease and desist in the airing of the poorly researched WFC video attack on marine aquaculture.

Here’s how we see things:

  •    By its own admission, Patagonia has a microplastics problem, caused by the shedding of microplastics when the synthetic clothing goes through the wash cycle.
  •    By its own admission, these microplastics that originate in synthetic clothing such as Patagonia manufactures are turning up on beaches worldwide, and there is no immediate solution.
  •    By its own admission, Patagonia has a fair labor issue, which it shares with other global brands whose supply chains include manufacture in third-world countries.

We recognize that all forms of food production, including aquaculture, affect the environment.  We who grow food (in the sea and on land) have that in common with Patagonia, which by the company’s own admission, manufactures synthetic clothing, which “comes at a cost to the environment.”

So why the self-righteous indignation over aquaculture—marine aquaculture in particular?

We suggest that Patagonia is being used as a pawn by its WFC “partner” as it attempts to disparage our industry and our NWAA members, making claims that are completely without merit.  While such hyperbolic statements as we hear on the video may make great fundraising fodder, they do little to foster a broader understanding of the great strides aquaculture has made in the past decade to become a more sustainable, environmentally responsible, industry.

We challenge Patagonia to examine the motives of its anti-aquaculture NGO partner—whose defamatory statements about aquaculture have little or no scientific merit and whose supposed “advocacy” on behalf of wild salmon has produced few tangible results while generating millions of dollars for the NGO through numerous frivolous legal actions.  Case in point:  In 2019, when the WFC challenged Cooke Aquaculture Pacific under the Clean Water Act, its executive director, Kurt Beardslee, repeatedly hammered away about the “impacts” of escapes after the Cypress Island net pen collapse. Yet WFC’s own expert witness, Dr. John Volpe, could not, under oath, produce any evidence to support Beardslee’s claims, admitting, in fact, that he had no evidence and no opinion about impacts from the Cypress Island escape. He makes the same conclusions about the supposed “chronic” escape of fish, testifying under oath that he had no opinion and no evidence of these supposed “impacts.”

We challenge Patagonia, a company that professes to believe in sustainability and science, to engage with us, with our Alliance members, and with our science advisors—who include some of the most respected names in fisheries—to understand the peer-reviewed science regarding marine aquaculture.

We challenge Patagonia to cease and desist in its campaign to disparage marine aquaculture, given that aquaculture is recognized as being environmentally sustainable with the smallest carbon footprint of any animal protein production.

And we challenge Patagonia to listen to the advice of one of its own experts, Ocean Wise Seafood, which is recommending several wild and farmed species produced by the company it defames in its WFC-partnered video, Cooke Aquaculture, as meeting the rigorous Ocean Wise standards.

As we see it, this video illustrates nothing more than virtue-signaling by Patagonia that has admitted to more environmental and labor issues/problems that any of our aquaculture members have caused.

For more than three decades, there have been several finfish producers farming in net-pens in Washington state, including the Tribes, state government, and other companies in the waters of Puget Sound and the Columbia River. Today, several Tribes are embarking of marine aquaculture to supply their own people as well as to sell to fund their social programs.

We urge Patagonia to take a look at the consequences, intended or otherwise, of its partnering with an NGO whose mission has always been to shut down hatcheries, fish (and shellfish) farming, and eventually, commercial fishing—regardless of the cost to the people who benefit from aquaculture and fisheries jobs.  One such consequence will be to slam the door shut to opportunities for Tribes and indigenous people to benefit from the knowledge of global leaders such as Cooke and others.

Another consequence will be to harm the many businesses that supply aquaculture companies.

Washington aquaculture operations have sustainability and environmental policies enshrined within their operating and reporting practices. It appears that the Wild Fish Conservancy, in an attempt to disparage our industry, has conveniently ignored the environmental and social challenges to which Patagonia has admitted.

We encourage Patagonia to re-evaluate its affiliation with WFC and learn more about sustainable aquaculture happening right here, right now, and around the world.

Our message to Patagonia:  We can help.  We’ll be waiting for your call.

[email protected]


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
Nov 29, 05:00 (GMT + 9):
Nutreco invests in Nordic Aqua Partners to build China’s first large scale RAS facility
South Africa
Nov 27, 19:00 (GMT + 9):
The Coega Aquaculture Development Zone
Nov 26, 05:00 (GMT + 9):
SSP Bringing the power of informed choice to the seafood consumer
Nov 26, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
First day of listing for The Kingfish Company at the Oslo Merkur Market
Nov 25, 18:30 (GMT + 9):
Fish Pool Salmon Price Status Report for week 48
Nov 25, 06:10 (GMT + 9):
Seaweed cultivation is becoming a major industry. Are we prepared?
European Union
Nov 25, 00:20 (GMT + 9):
Automation of fishery product labeling reduces non-compliance errors by 98%
Nov 24, 19:00 (GMT + 9):
Accelerated organic growth expected for AKVA group
Nov 24, 15:00 (GMT + 9):
Statistics │ Exports │ Marine products │ October 2020
Nov 24, 00:10 (GMT + 9):
Chennai SHG wins laurel for converting fish waste to value added products
Nov 23, 19:00 (GMT + 9):
Damen completes Eidsvaag Opal conversion
Nov 23, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
Statistics │ Import Food products from the world │ 2014-20
United States
Nov 20, 07:00 (GMT + 9):
NovoNutrients partners up on its pathway to commercialization
Faroe Islands
Nov 20, 00:10 (GMT + 9):
Atlantic Salmon Farmer Hiddenfjord Becomes the Industry’s First to Stop Using Air Freight
Nov 19, 07:00 (GMT + 9):
‘Aquaculture farmers should use biofloc technology carefully’

Catches-production │ Alaska pollock products │ Bering Sea-GOA │ By season
United States Source: FIS.com | Click to enlarge it  [email protected] www.fis.com  ...
BREXIT: Flagship Fisheries Bill becomes law
United Kingdom The Fisheries Bill receives Royal Assent after 10 months in Parliament Yesterday the UK’s first major domestic fisheries legislation in nearly 40 years passed into law. The Fisheries Act 2020...
The 'Mar Argentino' reached Mar del Plata port.
Argentina The new INIDEP scientific ship that was built in Vigo, Spain, was received by national authorities who escorted it. It cost almost 8 million dollars and will aim to work in coastal waters. Escorted...
Overseas fishing crew refused permission to apply for visas ahead of Antarctic season
New Zealand Two fishing vessels docked in Christchurch’s Lyttelton Port face a struggle to get crew less than a week before the start of the Antarctic season after immigration authorities refused to let ove...
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation - Headquarters
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation - Wartsila Group Headquarters
ITOCHU Corporation - Headquarters
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH+Co.KG (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd. - Group Headquarters
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Holding Company (Pty) Ltd.
AquaChile S.A. - Group Headquarters
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods, Inc
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization - Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Brim ehf (formerly HB Grandi Ltd) - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Mowi ASA (formerly Marine Harvest ASA) - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. - Headquarters
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
CJ Corporation  - Group Headquarters
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands | Headquarters
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
NOREBO Group (former Ocean Trawlers Group)
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation - Headquarters
Cooke Inc. - Group Headquarters
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart | Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) - Headquarters
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2020 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER