AFDF completing MSC certification of sustainability for all Alaskan Pacific cod

Marine StewarshipAfter forming a working group of industry representatives in early 2006, soliciting proposals from 4 accredited certifiers, and contracting for a full assessment with Mood Marine International Ltd. in late 2007, the foundation is now within a few weeks of completing the certification process for all 8 sectors of the Pacific cod fishery. Four gear types: longline, trawl, pot and jig fisheries in both the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands and the Gulf of Alaska management areas have been in the assessment process since May 2008, and are projected to be completed for “A” season 2010 (January).