Since 2004, when AFDF received a grant to investigate the cost/benefit of seeking sustainability certification for the Pacific cod fishery, we have been actively involved in the sustainability movement. Certification of sustainability expands the marketability of Alaska’s fisheries resources, particularly in the European Union, the United Kingdom and more recently the Asian market. An eco-label advertising the fact that the seafood product came from a sustainably managed fishery allows the power of the consumer to support well-managed fisheries with their food dollars.
AFDF formed the P cod working group in early 2006 to guide the process of the fishery assessment for the Marine Stewardship Council’s certification of sustainability for the entire Pacific cod fishery including all 4 gear types in both the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands management areas. As the client, the foundation’s intent was to have all legally caught cod in Alaska certified. After successfully completing the P cod MSC certification in 2010, representatives of the Alaska salmon industry requested that our foundation investigate becoming the client for MSC certification of Alaska salmon, since the former client, Alaska Department of Fish and Game had announced that they no longer wanted to continue in that capacity. AFDF became the client for MSC certification of Alaska salmon in February 2010.
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