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Fisheries newly certified and in assessment
Jan 28, 2011
Since October 1, three fisheries in the region have gained MSC certification and two fisheries entered the full assessment process. In Canada off the Atlantic coast, both the Grand Bank yellowtail flounder fishery and the Scotia-Fundy haddock fishery received MSC certification. In the United States, the iconic Oregon Dungeness crab fishery was certified. Dungeness crab is Oregon’s official ‘state crustacean’ and Oregon is currently the top producer of Dungeness crab worldwide. The Argentine anchovy and Canada Atlantic halibut fisheries both entered the full assessment process.
BSAI pollock MSC re-certification
Additionally, the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands Alaska pollock fishery (BSAI) earned MSC re-certification. With the recertification of the Gulf of Alaska pollock fishery earlier this year, now all pollock from Alaska remains eligible to bear the widely respected blue MSC ecolabel. Together the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska pollock fisheries comprise the largest fishery in the United States and one of the largest fisheries in the world.