Thursday, January 14, 2010
Alaska pollock fishery recommended for MSC recertfication
The Alaska pollock fishery has been recommended for MSC recertification as part of a mandatory 5 year review of its original approval in 2005 as a sustainable and well-managed fishery. The recertification assessment, which has been carried out by the certification body, Moody Marine, and a team of three independent experts, is now open to public comment. There has already been stakeholder consultation as part of the re-assessment process and the report has been peer-reviewed by 2 independent experts. The fishery has been evaluated and approved on 3 MSC principles: the sustainability of the fish stocks; ensuring the structure, productivity, function and diversity of the ecosystem on which the fishery depends; and the effectiveness of the fishery management system to respond to changing circumstances and maintain sustainability. Many environmental NGOs are opposed to the fishery's recertification, claiming that it is overfished and has by-catch problems.