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Russia Eyes Certification for Pollock Fishery

Russia Eyes Certification for Pollock Fishery

A Pollock Catchers Association (PCA) fishery operating in the Navarinsky area of the Bering Sea has begun the process of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification ( #Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification ).
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Western Bering Sea Fishery to be Assessed
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A press release dated September 30th explained that the Western Bering Sea pollock fishery is being assessed against MSC’s Fisheries Standard ( Learn more
Lloyd’s Register will evaluate stocks of pollock in the area, take account of the environmental impact of mid-water trawling and the effectiveness of the fishery’s management system before establishing whether or not the fishery should be certified sustainable ( Learn more 
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The Pollock Catchers Association
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The PCA was established in 2006, and is one of the largest associations in the Russian fishing industry. It is composed of 26 companies who employ more than 12,000 people, with 90 fishing and processing vessels operating under its banner.
Collectively, the fishers of PCA catch 1.6 million metric tons of fish and seafood per year ( Learn moreworldwide.
In September 2013, the PCA’s mid-water trawl pollock fishery in the Sea of Okhotsk was MSC certified ( Learn more
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Russia’s Engagement
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Russia is engaging with the certification process more than it ever has before, according to MSC Program Development Director Camiel Derichs.
Derichs is delighted that “the Pollock Catchers Association’s West Bering sea pollock fishery has now entered MSC assessment, driving the proportion of Russian pollock fisheries engaged in the MSC program to new highs.”
The Bering Sea is second only to the Sea of Okhotsk as a pollock fishery. Harvesting takes place year-round except during the spring spawning season. The total allowable catch of pollock is set at roughly 390,000 metric tons for 2020.
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Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification ( https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/russia-eyes-msc-certification-for-western-bering-sea-pollock-fishery-as-it-enters-assessment ): Russia eyes MSC certification for Western Bering Sea pollock fishery as it enters assessment source from seafoodsource website

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