MSC Fisheries Update - 26 April 2012
Read updates about the progress of the following fisheries in the MSC program and find out when stakeholder input is invited on a fishery assessment or certification:
Clearwater Seafoods Banquereau and Grand Bank Arctic surf clam - Public comment Draft report available for stakeholder comment
The Conformity Assessment Body, Intertek Moody Marine, has announced that the Public Comment Draft Report for the Clearwater Seafoods Banquereau and Grand Bank Arctic surf clam fishery is now available for comment for a period of 30 days. In addition, and because publication of the PCDRs has not occurred within 10 months of the site visit in June 2011, Intertek Moody Marine is also asking stakeholders to submit any new information that is relevant to the assessment of these fisheries and that has come to light since the site visit. Any stakeholder wishing to comment on the report is invited to contact Dr Rob Blyth-Skyrme no later than 5pm GMT, 26 May 2012.
Stakeholders are advised that they are to provide objective evidence in support of any additional claims or any claimed errors of fact in their response to the Public Comment Draft Report. Any comments made by stakeholders shall be documented and forwarded by the certification body to its certification decision-making entity.
The 15 working day period during which parties could have lodged an intent to object to the Conformity Assessment Body, Intertek Moody Marine, determination that the Limfjord blue shell mussel (rope grown) fishery should be certified closed on 20 April 2012. No objections were received and the determination therefore holds. The new certificate will be in effect for 5 years, contingent on the fishery successfully completing annual audits of its status against the MSC standard.
The MSC ecolabel may now be applied to catches taken from this fishery after the agreed eligibility date of 2 August 2011, by those companies with appropriate Chain of Custody certification in place.
The Conformity Assessment Body, Bureau Veritas, has announced that the South Brittany sardine purse seine fishery will shortly be undergoing an annual surveillance audit. During the audit, Bureau Veritas will be speaking with representatives of the fishery, fishery management bodies and other stakeholders of the fishery. Most meetings will be carried out over the period 21 - 25 May 2012.
Should you have any information on this fishery that you feel should be considered in the assessment, or if you would like to arrange a meeting, please contact Xavière Lagadec or Séverine Rolland before 25 May 2012.
The Conformity Assessment Body, MRAG Americas, has announced that the US North Atlantic swordfish fishery has entered full assessment. The Southeast portion of the fishery is currently certified, and this assessment will consider the remainder of the US fishery in the North Atlantic, excluding the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Initially MRAG Americas seeks to open a dialogue with all organisations or individuals with a direct interest in the fishery.
Anyone wishing to provide comments or information to the assessment process (relevant to the status of the stock, ecosystem interactions or fishery management practices) is invited to contact Jodie Campbell.
Any stakeholder wishing to provide comments on the suitability or otherwise of any of the nominees is invited to contact Jodie Campbell no later than 5pm GMT, 11 May 2012.
For further information please view the assessment downloads.