MSC recertifies Alaska fishery


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
November 12, 2013

The Alaska salmon fishery has received its Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) recertification, according to a statement from the MSC.

The fishery drew fire from four conservation groups — Wild Fish Conservancy, Watershed Watch Salmon Society, Skeena Wild Conservation Trust and Raincoast Conservation Foundation — after Intertek Moody Marine (IMM), MSC's third-party assessing body, determined 13 of the 14 units of the fishery met the MSC's requirements for recertification.

The period to file objections expired on 30 October, and the only objection came from the four groups, which demanded an independent adjudicator review IMM's report.

Last week, the adjudicator dismissed the objection, paving the way for the recertification.

"No (other) objections were received and the determination therefore holds," the MSC wrote.

The recertification will take effect on 1 February 2013, allowing the fishery to put the MSC ecolabel on its products.

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