The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) on Tuesday announced that it completed its chain-of-custody standard and is now accepting applications for chain-of-custody certification.

Part of ASMI’s FAO-based responsible fisheries management certification program, the standard ensures that only Alaska seafood products bearing a statement “sourced from a certified Alaska fishery” can make the claim. It ensures that all certified Alaska seafood can be traced back through the supply chain to the fishery that was certified as part of the Alaska Certification Program.

To date, Alaska salmon and halibut have received the FAO-based certification, and applications have been submitted for black cod (sablefish), pollock and crab.

The certification is required for any applicant that buys seafood from a certified fishery and wishes to make the certified claim on any of their packaging. Certified seafood handlers will be able to demonstrate effective traceability and have systems in place to ensure that the certified seafood product is not mixed with non-certified seafood.

In addition, if an applicant buys seafood from a certified fishery, but does not wish to make the certified claim on any of their packaging, they will not require certification. A certification to the standard takes from one to three months.

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