B.C. seafood rep to chair ASF


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 3, 2009

The Association of Sustainable Fisheries (ASF) on Thursday announced it elected Christina Burridge as its first chair.

Burridge is the executive director of the British Columbia Seafood Alliance, which represents nearly all production of commercially harvested seafood on Canada’s Pacific Coast.

Burridge helped B.C.’s wild salmon fishery earn Marine Stewardship Council sustainability certification, and five other B.C. fisheries are currently pursuing the MSC eco-label.

“In British Columbia, like many of ASF’s international members, we recognize the important of MSC as an organization and as a sustainable proof point. But we’ve experienced some frustrations with the certification process that we think have revealed room for improvement,” said Burridge. “ASF is evidence that we aren’t the only ones who feel better communications with MSC will help us all in our shared sustainability goals.”

Launched during the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels on 27 April, ASF is a collection of 20 fisheries participating in the MSC program that partnered to foster a constructive dialogue between the London-based nonprofit and its client fisheries.

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