Alaska fisheries on track to regain MSC certification

An MSC label on a box of frozen seafood. (Photo by Rob Tossberg/Flickr Creative Commons. Label by Plan It Green Printing)

Last fall the MSC sustainability certification of Alaska’s commercial salmon fisheries was allowed to lapse after most of the major seafood processors that operate in the state pulled their support. However, the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association stepped up to serve as the client for getting the fisheries recertified.

On Tuesday MSC released a determination and final report that concludes that the fisheries should be re-certified in accordance with the MSC standard. The next step in the process is a 15-day waiting period to see if anybody objects to the determination. MSC issued a notice stressing that this is a determination and not a final certification result. That means that for the time being the fisheries are not yet certified as sustainable by MSC and the MSC label can’t yet be used on products made with salmon from Alaska.

See the full story at KDLG: Alaska’s Salmon Fisheries are One Step Closer to MSC Certification