Argentine hoki fishery. © Pespasa & Pesantar
Argentine hoki fishery gains MSC certification
May 24, 2012
About the fishery
The client group for this fishery consists of the following companies: Estremar S.A., Pespasa/Pesantar S.A., San Arawa S.A., Yuken S.A. and three companies from Grupo Valastro, namely Atunera Argentina S.A., Pesquera Ceres S.A., and Pesquera Geminis S.A. A total of 11 vessels are covered under the certificate and in 2011 the annual catch for the fishery was 70,000 metric tonnes.
Fishing takes place year round and the management authorities overseeing the fishery are the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries dependencies (Sub-secretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture) and the Federal Fishery Council (CFP, Argentina). The main products from the fishery are headed and gutted, frozen fillets, fish blocks, and surimi. The primary markets are Japan, France, Germany, China and Eastern Europe.
What the fishery says
"We are proud to participate in the responsible management of this Argentine fishery, and sincerely hope that other Argentine fisheries receive similar recognition based on best practices applied by government authorities which seriously considers biological and sustainable parameters to establish annually the Total Allowable Catch," says Daniel Rivera, president of Pespasa/Pesantar, on behalf of the client group.
What MSC says
"Hoki is a very important species in the global whitefish market and it’s wonderful to see this Argentine fishery successfully complete assessment against the MSC standard and become part of a certified sustainable supply," said Kerry Coughlin, regional director for MSC Americas. "The Argentine hoki fishery is the third to become MSC certified in the country, joining the scallop and anchovy fisheries. The commitment by these fisheries and the management in Argentina serves as a great example of the potential for environmentally sustainable harvesting from oceans in all regions of the world."
About the certification
Organización Internacional Agropecuaria (OIA), an independently accredited certifier, was the certifier for this assessment. During the assessment, the three principles of the MSC standard were evaluated in detail: the status of the fish stock, the impact of the fishery on the marine ecosystem and the management system overseeing the fishery. Please visit the Track a Fishery pages for more information about the Argentine hoki fishery. The complete Public Certification Report detailing the fishery’s passing scores against the MSC standard can be found can be found in the section.
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