Alaska Halibut Fishery Achieves Continued Alaska RFM Certification
(UNITED STATES, 2/13/2017)
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) has announced that the Alaska halibut fishery has been awarded continued certification to the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program.
The Alaska halibut fishery was first certified to the Alaska RFM Certification Program in April 2011 and in early 2016 began the process of reassessment.
RFM assessments are performed directly against the most well known internationally-agreed set of principles for responsible fisheries management.
The reassessment was conducted using Alaska RFM Standard Version 1.3. Details of the assessment can be found in theFinal Assessment Report.
The Alaska RFM Certification halibut fishery client, the Fishing Vessel Owners' Association is a trade association which was formed in December of 1914. The Association was formed to represent the needs of halibut boat owners involved in longline fishing in the North Pacific.
The RFM program is a robust, common sense, practical and cost-effective approach and allows Alaska fisheries to meet the FAO criteria for credible certification.
The Association's members today are longline fishermen. The principal species harvested are halibut, sablefish, pacific cod, rockfish and turbot. The Association was one of the original organizations that helped consolidate Canadian and U.S. fishermen to form the International Pacific Halibut Commission in 1924.
The FVOA currently represents its members before the Pacific Council and North Pacific Council. The FVOA has sponsored federal legislation to make the cost of observer coverage more equitable for all participants in the fishery and continues to work on bycatch issues.
About The Fishing Vessel Owners' Association
FVOA is a trade association of longline vessel operators formed in 1914. Its mission is to promote safety at sea, ensure competitive pricing, and promote habitat-friendly gear with minimum bycatch.
About The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
ASMI is a public-private partnership between the State of Alaska and the Alaska seafood industry established to foster economic development of a renewable natural resource.
ASMI is playing a key role in the repositioning of Alaska’s seafood industry as a competitive market-driven food production industry. Its work to boost the value of Alaska’s seafood product portfolio is accomplished through partnerships with retail grocers, foodservice distributors, restaurant chains, foodservice operators, universities, culinary schools, and the media.
It conducts consumer campaigns, public relations and advertising activities, and aligns with industry efforts for maximum effectiveness. ASMI also functions as a brand manager of the Alaska Seafood family of brands.