Alaska pollock lands FAO-based certification

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
December 12, 2011

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article inaccurately stated that the Food and Agriculture Organization certified the Alaska pollock fishery. This is not the case. The fishery was certified by Global Trust Certification Ltd. The certification is based on the Food and Agriculture Organization Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. We apologize for the error. 

According to the Alaska Seafood Marketing, pollock is the latest Alaska fishery to be awarded Responsible Fisheries Management Certification.

The independent, third-party assessment was conducted by Global Trust Certification Ltd. and is based on the Food and Agriculture Organization Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.

In late November, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute announced that the fishery entered the peer-review stage, one of the final steps in the certification process.

“The certification delivers high confidence that reliable management systems are in place to properly assess and respond to any current and evolving issues and allow the fishery to continue on the path of responsible management. These management systems are certified as being in line with those recommended by the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (1995) and FAO Guidelines for the Eco-Labeling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries (2005) and amended/extended in 2009,” said Global Trust in its 9 December recommendation.

Alaska’s salmon fishery was the first to be certified in March, followed by the halibut fishery in May and the sablefish fishery in September. The king and snow crab fisheries are currently going through the assessment process.

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