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Sustainability

SEAFOOD PRODUCERS AND THE
ORGANIZATIONS THAT REPRESENT THEM
continue to take actions to ensure that the products
they deliver to consumers meet the highest standards
for sustainability.
In June, the Alaska salmon fishery, including all
five species commercially harvested throughout the
state, successfully achieved recertification to the
Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification
program, said Megan Rider, domestic marketing
director for the Juneau-based Alaska Seafood
Marketing Institute (ASMI).
The Alaska salmon fishery originally received RFM
Certification in March 2011. Recertification means the
Alaska salmon fishery met all the criteria of the 125+
clauses in the RFM Fisheries Standard.
"We are so proud that Alaska salmon continues
to carry the RFM Certification," said Julie Decker,
executive director of the Alaska Fisheries
Development Foundation. "The RFM program was
created through the work of many Alaskans who
feel strongly about the sustainability of our seafood
and wanted the ability to independently prove it to
customers around the world."
Customers as large as Walmart, Costco, Kroger and
Publix recognize the RFM label as proof of seafood
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More than
54,000
tons of tuna
were sold
with the
MSC blue
fish sustainability label
in 2018-19,
compared
with 21,500
tons in
2015-16.
MSC

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sustainability. Alaska has been leading the way in
terms of sustainability for the global seafood industry
for many years, Rider said. As the only state with
sustainability written into its constitution, Alaska has
become known as the gold standard for sustainable
fishing practices.
"The Alaska seafood industry continues to set the
highest standard for wild-caught sustainable seafood
and increasing consumer demand for sustainable
seafood continues to force other producers to
follow suit."
The Washington, D.C.-based Marine Stewardship
Council's (MSC) Ocean Stewardship Fund (OSF),
which launched in September, supports fisheries
and projects around the world that help to safeguard
the planet's seafood supplies, said Jackie Marks, the
group's senior public relations manager.
In April, MSC announced that 15 fisheries and
research projects around the world will receive up to
$61,500 USD each from the MSC Ocean Stewardship
Fund. The inaugural awards include grants to
Zoological Society of London, WWF South Africa and
BirdLife South Africa and to fisheries in the Americas,
Europe, Asia and Africa.
The projects range from tackling ghost gear to
protecting threatened species.

MARINE STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL

BY ANDY NELSON


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