Unit of certification — Marine Stewardship Council
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Unit of certification

The unit of certification is the unit that is assessed by certifiers against the MSC environmental standard. It is defined as the fishery or fish stock (a biologically distinct unit) combined with the fishing method/gear and practice (the vessel/s) pursuing that stock.  This is set at the beginning of the assessment.

The fishery: Unit of certification

The certified Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Pacific cod fishery is defined as:


Cod (Gadus macrocephalus)

Geographical range of fishing operations

Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, FAO region 67

Method of capture

Trawl, Longline, Pot & Jig


North Pacific cod


Federal and State management:
National Marine Fisheries Service
North Pacific Fishery Management Council
US Coast Guard
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Alaska Department of Public Safety (DWT)

Client group

Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, Inc (AFDF)


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