AFDF to serve as new client managing MSC certification for Alaska salmon

26 Feb 2010

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has been informed by the AFDF that its board has voted in favour of AFDF serving as the client for the purpose of maintaining MSC certification for the entire Alaska salmon fishery.

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) will immediately begin work with an independent certifier to conduct the required annual audit for the fishery. Successful completion of the audit will ensure an unbroken supply of MSC-certified Alaska salmon.

MSC had previously been in discussions with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), which had made a provisional commitment to become the client. At their 3 December board meeting, however, new issues extending beyond the established MSC program structure were introduced by ASMI regarding client cost sharing. ASMI indicated the issues could have an impact on their state funding relationship, and the board voted to further postpone decision on whether to become the client for MSC certification of Alaska salmon.

AFDF was able to move forward with a commitment to become the client, which removes further delays and uncertainty about management of the certificate. MSC appreciates the commitment of ASMI, United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) and the other Alaska fishing industry representatives in addition to AFDF who have worked to ensure an ongoing MSC certificate for Alaska salmon. MSC will continue to work in cooperation with the state’s fishery managers, processors and fishermen to help highlight and add market benefit to this important and sustainable fishery.

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