Chilean lobster fishery gains MSC certification

By

Michelle McNickle, Digital Product Manager

Published on
January 6, 2015

The Juan Fernández lobster trap fishery in Chile has achieved Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. Lobsters from the Pacific island are now eligible to carry the blue MSC ecolabel.

The certification provides recognition of the fishery’s sustainability efforts, and it also provides access to international markets that demand sustainable seafood. This could aid in helping the livelihood and community of Juan Fernández, which is located 400 miles from Chile’s mainland.

By gaining the MSC certification, the fishery ensures lobster is a constant source of revenue for the inhabitants of the islands.

“The certification of this artisanal fishery is exciting news for the community of Juan Fernández, Chile and all developing countries,” said Geoff Bolan, MSC Americas commercial director and U.S. program director. “The MSC welcomes fisheries of all sizes and types into the program, and it is our hope that the people of Juan Fernández will reap the environmental and market benefits of MSC certification.”

The fishery is made up of Robinson Crusoe, Santa Clara and Alexander Selkirk islands in the Juan Fernández Archipelago and the Desventuradas Islands to the north. China and France are the principal commercial markets for the harvest.

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