Conservation groups decry sockeye certification


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
August 3, 2010

Conservation groups that last year launched a formal objection to the Marine Stewardship Council certification of Fraser River sockeye salmon are now warning consumers to avoid buying the controversial fish.

The SkeenaWild Conservation Trust said it will launch a new awareness campaign for European consumers advising that the certified salmon could be coming from a population that is endangered.

The group, along with Watershed Watch Salmon Society and David Suzuki Foundation, claims that no fishery has ever been denied certification after completing the MSC assessment process, and no objection to a certifier has ever been upheld.

"Obviously, we have serious concerns with the objectivity of MSC's certification process," said Craig Orr, Watershed Watch executive director. "For fisheries certification to be effective, consumers must be able to trust the certifier's evaluation process. In this case, it appears the MSC is simply using a rubber stamp."

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