Alaska sablefish earns FAO certification


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
October 30, 2011

Alaska’s sablefish, or black cod, fishery has been awarded Responsible Fisheries Management Certification, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) announced on Monday.

The independent, third-party certification is based on the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and its Guidelines for Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries.

Sablefish is the state’s third major commercial fishery to receive the certification, which was sponsored by ASMI. The salmon fishery was the first to be certified in March, followed by the halibut fishery in May.

Alaska pollock and king and snow crab are also currently going through the certification process.

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