Thursday, January 19, 2012

Alaska salmon industry quits MSC program

In a shocked move the Alaska salmon industry has pulled out of the MSC program, this move will take effect at the end of October. This decision is a setback for the council which was founded 14 years ago and has grown into a high-profile effort that uses independent contractors to certify 133 global fisheries as sustainable.

In a statement, the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, which represents the state's salmon industry in MSC certification, said the majority of processors "now feel it is time to redirect their resources toward a broader marketing message." It also said swift action was necessary "to resolve the issue and quell speculation and confusion in the salmon market." Read more ...

This blog is written by Martin Little, The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers. To get your copy of  'PPLAPP' click here.
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  2. I guess this is the best thing for MSC! If the MSC wants to maintain a creditable position in the market place, then NOT having all of Alaska's salmon fisheries MSC certified is the best place to start! FACT, 31% of Alaska "wild" salmon are born in hatcheries. Meaning most of Alaska's salmon fisheries are far from sustainable. Kenai Fishing

    1. Hi Irene,
      The debate surrounding farmed salmon certainly looks set to run and run. What do you think?