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Prince William Sound Alaska salmon recovers MSC certification

  (UNITED STATES, 5/17/2017)

The whole Alaska salmon fishery, including the Prince William Sound unit (PWS), has again been certified to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) fisheries standard.

The Alaska salmon fishery has been certified for the first time in 2000 and in 2013 became the first US fishery to receive a third certification in the MSC program.

During the 2013 re-assessment of the Alaska Salmon fisheries, a third-party certification assessment team determined that the PWS unit should remain in assessment pending further analysis of an Alaska Department of Fish and Game multi-year study relating to the impacts of hatcheries on the populations of wild salmon and herring in the PWS.

Beginning in 2016, the PWS unit was assessed again via a scope extension to the valid Alaska Salmon certificate.

Based upon the findings quantified by the Alaska Hatchery Research Program, the certification assessment team has determined that the impacts of wild and hatchery salmon interactions are low and meet the sustainability requirements of the MSC Fisheries Standard.

"The Alaska Salmon fishery management program and its participants are committed to sustainable use of the ocean’s natural resources, a key component of our business. We are proud to have the MSC process again recognize the sustainability of Prince William Sound and all Alaska Salmon," pointed out Glenn Reed, president, Pacific Seafood Processors Association (fishery client).

The internationally recognized blue MSC ecolabel will continue to assure consumers that all Alaska Salmon products can be traced back to a certified sustainable source.

The independent assessment of the Prince William Sound Scope Extension of the Alaska Salmon fishery was conducted by MRAG Americas, an accredited third-party conformity assessment body.
 
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