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Washington pink shrimp fishery gets MSC certification

  (UNITED STATES, 10/9/2015)

Washington pink shrimp is the first fishery managed by the state of Washington to achieve certification to the global Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) fisheries standard for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.

The fishery was independently assessed as a scope extension of the MSC certified Oregon pink shrimp fishery, which achieved certification to the MSC standard in December 2007 and attained recertification in February 2013.

“Washington state’s pink shrimp fishermen are proud that this is the first Washington state-managed fishery to earn certification to the MSC standard,” said Charles Kirschbaum, ‎Pacific Seafood Group’s product manager.

"Efforts by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, working closely with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, to develop and adopt reference points, and implement bycatch reduction measures are key to making the fishery one of the most sustainable shrimp fisheries in the world," the manager added.

Pink shrimp (Pandalus jordani), also known as ocean shrimp, are generally considered to have a clean, sweet flavour and are commonly served on salad, in a shrimp roll or as whole cooked peel and eat shrimp.

Since the late 1990’s, fishing for pink shrimp in Washington has steadily improved with recent landings increasing from approximately 10 million pounds per year to a record 30 million pounds, with a value of more than USD 16 million in 2014.

Fishing for Washington pink shrimp is allowed only in the US federal Exclusive Economic Zone (which extends 200 nautical miles from the coast) and prohibited in State waters (0-3 mi). Permitted fishers are allowed to land as much as they can as long as they follow season (1 April through 31 October), area, size, and gear regulations (single and double-rigged shrimp trawl gear is permitted).

This certification assessed the west coast pink (ocean) shrimp stock which extends from south east Alaska to California waters. The assessment considered the health of the coast wide stock and the effects of all permitted harvests on that stock. 


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