Three chum salmon fisheries net MSC certification


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 7, 2013

Three British Columbia chum salmon fisheries have been awarded Marine Stewardship Council certification.

Product from the Inner South Coast, West Coast Vancouver Island and Fraser River chum salmon fisheries can now carry the MSC eco-label.

Commercial harvesters for chum salmon use seine, gillnet, troll, beach seine, fish wheels, weirs and dipnets. In 2012 the three fisheries amounted to about 3,000 metric tons, about three quarters of the total BC chum harvest.

“With chum fisheries closing for the year in early December 2012, we are pleased that harvest is covered under the certificate and delighted to offer these fish to our customers with the MSC certification so important to them,” said Christina Burridge of the Canadian Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Society.

In addition, a fourth fishery, North/Central Coast, is still in assessment.

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