MSC certification of Pacific Cod

Update as of February 1, 2016

MSCLogonew1AFDF is pleased to announce the successful completion of five-year re-certification of the Pacific cod fishery under the MSC program. Because the Pacific cod fishery has been re-certified with no conditions, the fishery has reached a “Surveillance Level 1”, which means the audit schedule will be greatly reduced. Out of four surveillance audits, only one will require an on-site visit, one will require off-site surveillance, and two will only require a “review of information”. The “Surveillance Level 1” will reduce costs for industry. AFDF also plans to conduct the Level 1 surveillances in coordination with the Alaska pollock and flatfish fisheries, in order to further reduce costs to industry. AFDF remains committed to finding efficiencies for industry and representing its best interests.


Update as of September 1, 2015

To:  MSC P-cod Client Group

Due to an error in the Chain of Custody language found by one of the participants in the group, MRAG corrected and revised the fishery certificates with a more accurate Chain of Custody language.

Please download the revised certificates below for your use:


Update as of July 1, 2015

Alaska Pacific cod Fishery Completes Successful Re-certification

The Alaska Pacific cod fishery has successfully completed the five-year re-certification process for MSC. No objections were received regarding the determination by MRAG Americas to re-certify the Alaska Pacific cod fishery (Gulf of Alaska & Bering Sea Aleutian Islands), therefore, the determination holds.

The new MSC certificate will be in effect for 5 years, contingent on the fishery successfully completing the annual surveillance audit requirements against the MSC Fisheries Standard. The fishery scored extremely well, with 90 (or greater) out of a possible 100 points on all performance indicators. Consequently, the fishery received no conditions.

As the fishery is currently certified, the MSC ecolabel can continue to be applied to catches taken from this fishery by those companies with appropriate Chain of Custody certification in place.

Participants:  see revised fishery certificates listed below which document the extension of the certificate through June 17, 2020.

View all relevant documents regarding re-certification of the Alaska Pacific cod (Gulf of Alaska) fishery here.

View all relevant documents regarding re-certification of the Alaska Pacific cod (Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands) fishery here.

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Decker.


MSC P-cod Certification deadline extended:

See revised certificates below for use by participants which extends the deadline to July 25, 2015:

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Decker.