Add Clearwater Seafoods Banquereau and Grand Bank Arctic surf clam fishery to the list of fisheries worldwide that are Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified, and to the list of Clearwater products bearing the MSC eco-label.
The London-based organization made the announcement on Tuesday. Arctic surf clam (Mactromeris polynyma) fishery occurs on the continental shelf off eastern Canada. The fishery encompasses vessels using towing hydraulic dredges, and only two out of a maximum of four vessels are currently operating in the fishery.
The annual Arctic surf clam catch has totaled about 23,000 metric tons in recent years.
The fishery was assessed by certified Intertek Moody Marine.
“We are extremely proud that our Arctic surf clam fishery has achieved MSC certification. It is a significant milestone for our company and for the international markets we serve,” said Christine Penney, VP of sustainability and public affairs for Clearwater Seafoods. “Clearwater now has our full line of core species offerings certified to the world-recognized gold standard in sustainable fisheries.”
The other Clearwater products carrying the MSC eco-label are offshore lobster, offshore sea scallops, Patagonian scallops, coldwater shrimp, and snow crab.
Currently, more than 280 fisheries are engaged in the MSC program, with 170 certified and 115 in full assessment.