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Canadian chum salmon fisheries awarded MSC

09 Jan 2013
The fisheries harvest Canada's main commerical species sockeye salmon. Photo: Lloyd Guenther/Marine Photobank

The fisheries harvest Canada's main commerical species sockeye salmon. Photo: Lloyd Guenther/Marine Photobank

Three British Columbia chum salmon fisheries have awarded Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, a significant boost to Canada’s supply of MSC certified seafood.

The Canadian Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Society (CPSFS) entered the Inner South Coast, West Coast Vancouver Island and Fraser River chum salmon fisheries for MSC assessment.

The fisheries, which are managed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), were certified by independent, third party organisation, Intertek Moody Marine (IMM). A fourth unit of certification, the North/Central Coast fishery, is still in assessment.

Certification includes improvement actions that will better define harvest control rules and ongoing monitoring of stock status to help future sustainability.  

Christina Burridge, spokesperson for the Canadian Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Society (CPSFS), said: “With chum fisheries closing for the year in early December 2012, we are pleased that harvest is covered under the certificate and delighted to offer these fish to our customers. We look forward to adding the North Coast and Central Coast fishery in the months ahead.”

In 2012, the fisheries which harvest Canada’s main commercial species of salmon, chum, pink and sockeye produced a total of 3,000 tonnes between them – around three quarters of the total British Columbia harvest.  

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The fisheries harvest Canada's main commerical species sockeye salmon. Photo: Lloyd Guenther/Marine Photobank

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