New client confirmed for Alaska salmon MSC certificate
The Pacific Seafood Processors Association (PSPA) successfully transferred the clientship and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certificate for Alaska salmon over to the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) as of 1 October.
The development brings about the conclusion of “a deliberate and cooperative transfer process,” PSPA and AFDF said in a press release.
Originally obtained in 2000, the MSC certificate for the Alaska salmon fishery remains unchanged and in good standing, PSPA confirmed. A full five-year recertification process was completed by the fishery on 23 April, 2019, making the current MSC certificate valid through 11 November, 2023.
AFDF is now the client for the MSC certification of Pacific cod and Alaska salmon; it is also the client for the Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) certification of both species’ fisheries.
“PSPA and AFDF anticipate that housing both the MSC and RFM Alaska salmon certificates and client groups under AFDF will lead to efficiencies for industry to coordinate and share resources, ideas and work products,” the organizations said in a press release.
To sell Alaska salmon as MSC-certified, primary processors are required to be members of the MSC Alaska Salmon Client Group and pay a fair and equitable share of the cost of the fishery certification in proportion with the pounds of salmon purchased. Utilizing a transparent cost-share model for all MSC and RFM certification programs, AFDF said it “continually looks for ways to reduce costs in certification.”
Billing for membership to the MSC Alaska Salmon Client Group occurs annually in April, prior to the commencement of each salmon season, PSPA and AFDF said.
Photo courtesy of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation