Global Trust nets MSC accreditation

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 14, 2010

A week after committing to perform independent, third-party assessments of Alaska’s fisheries management systems, Global Trust Certification is now accredited by Accreditation Services International to assess and certify fisheries under the Marine Stewardship Council sustainability program.

The Ireland-based organization becomes the 10th certifier accredited to conduct MSC chain-of-custody assessments and certifications.

“Independent certifiers are vital to the rigor of the independent assessment process, and Global Trust brings welcome certifier capacity at a time when fishery and supply-chain companies are showing unprecedented interest in MSC certification,” said MSC CEO Rupert Howes.

“Global Trust brings a competent, cordial and common sense approach, which we feel will be welcomed by MSC clients,” said Global Trust CEO Peter Marshall. “Global Trust has been active with MSC certifications in Canada and the United States.”

A week ago, the Faroese Atlanto-Scandian herring harvest became the 64th fishery to earn MSC certification. More than 180 fisheries are engaged in the MSC program, with more than 120 in full assessment and 40 to 50 in confidential pre-assessment. Worldwide, 3,800-plus seafood products bear the MSC eco-label.

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