Oregon Pink Shrimp, World’s First Shrimp Fishery to be MSC Certified Achieves Re-Certification
Feb 22, 2013
Oregon Pink Shrimp Landings in 2011 Second Highest on Record
Consumers in the U.S. and overseas can continue to enjoy a Northwest favorite, Oregon pink shrimp at home or their local restaurant while recognizing and rewarding the MSC certified sustainable Oregon pink shrimp fishery. Oregon pink shrimp, also called bay or salad shrimp, was the first shrimp fishery in the world to achieve MSC certification in 2007 and is now re-certified as a sustainable and well managed fishery following an independent assessment carried out by Intertek Moody Marine (IMM).
The final report by IMM noted several positive elements associated with the sustainability effort by the State of Oregon, fishing fleet and Oregon Trawl Commission, “The work conducted by the scientific staff responsible for the assessment of the stock and the impacts of the fishery is exemplary. Their dedication and excellent rapport with harvesters is widely recognized within the industry.
“There is excellent cooperation between management and harvesters resulting in continued development and implementation of measures to minimize bycatch and impacts on non-target species and stocks, making the fishery the cleanest trawl fishery on the US west coast.”
What the fishery says
Brad Pettinger, director of the Oregon Trawl Commission, said, “Oregon’s pink shrimp fishermen are proud that their fishery has been recertified to the MSC standard. It’s a testament to the cooperative relationship that exists between the fleet and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, to continually improve their fishery and make it one of the cleanest shrimp fisheries in the world.”
Caren Braby, PhD, Marine Resource Program Manager for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, expressed strong support for the certification in a letter submitted as part of the action plan:
“You are all to be commended for your achievements for this fishery. The recognition of our shrimp fishery as a well-managed, sustainable fishery is a “feather in the cap” for Oregon, and has been repeatedly recognized at regional, national, and international levels."
What the MSC says
Kerry Coughlin, Americas regional director, said: “Oregon pink shrimp established an international milestone five years ago when it became the first pink shrimp fishery in the world to achieve MSC certification, and re-certification sends a clear message to buyers and consumers that Oregon is committed to sustainably harvesting pink shrimp. With increasing consumer demand for healthy foods, knowing that Oregon pink shrimp comes from a MSC certified fishery will assure consumers they are making smart choices in what they eat and in where the seafood comes from.”
Last year, Oregon shrimp landings were the 2nd highest on record, with 49,144,050 pounds of product landed. In all, 64 vessels averaging 65 feet in length participated in the Oregon pink shrimp fishery season, which runs from April 1st to October 31st. Oregon pink shrimp is harvested by trawl during daylight hours and typically at a depth of 450 to 750 feet. The fishery is one of the most valuable fisheries in the State of Oregon and is conducted by independent fishermen and their families, many of whom have fished for generations. All commercial landings are assessed a 2.25% fee based on landed value and the money is used, as directed by Oregon State law, for the administration and enforcement of the commercial fishing laws and for the management, propagation, research, habitat improvement and other activities that protect, maintain or enhance the food fish resource. An additional .5% fee is assessed for activities carried out through the Oregon Trawl Commission.