Lloyd’s Register Terminates Zoneco’s Certification for Scallop Fishery

Lloyd’s Register Terminates Zoneco’s Certification for Scallop Fishery

Lloyd’s Register Business Assurance and Inspection Services has terminated its relationship with the Zoneco Group | #Terminated its relationship with the Zoneco Group |. Lloyd’s had previously provided services related to the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) certification | Learn more on Commonshare | of the Zoneco/Zhangzidao scallop fishery.
It is also canceling all other current MSC assessment work for the organization. The MSC certificate for the Zoneco/Zhangzidao scallop fishery is suspended and will remain so.
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Scallops: A Popular Dish
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Scallops are a popular bivalve mollusk | https://www.southernliving.com/seafood/what-are-scallops | typically found and harvested from bays, estuarine environments, and shallow waters characterized by reedy seagrasses. However, they also occur in deeper water, up to 200 meters deep, around the world.
The United States has imported scallops from China and from Mexico to help compensate for depleted domestic fisheries off the East Coast of North America.
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Zoneco’s Certification
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Zoneco’s MSC certification was the first of its kind in China. It was suspended back in March, according to a statement provided by MSC to SeafoodSource in July. That statement also noted that a notice for suspension of fisheries certificate had been issued in January of 2020 ‘due to a contractual issue between the certifying agency, Acoura (a unit of UK based Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance) and Zoneco (also known as Zhangzidao).”
This setback is unfortunate: Zhangzidao/Zoneco gained global acclaim back in 2015 when it obtained MSC certification for its scallop fishery | Learn more on Commonshare |. Back then, the certification was audited by Intertek Moody, which conducted surveillance audits on the fishery for the first two years, at which point Acoura took over.
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History of Losses
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The fishery has reported significant losses of yesso scallop (Patinopecten yessoensis) as far back as late 2014, due to what Zoneco described as sudden and dramatic changes in water temperature. There have been other die-offs, including one last year.
Zoneco has also been the focus of an investigation by the Chinese securities regulator. As a result of this, a raft of senior executives were fined and fired. 
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Terminated its relationship with the Zoneco Group | https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/lloyd-s-register-terminates-zoneco-relationship-ending-msc-certification-for-company-s-scallop-fishery |: source from seafoodsource website

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