Day Boat Seafood MSC certified

28 Mar 2013
Day Boat Seafood is now MSC certified as a US North Atlantic swordfish fishery

Day Boat Seafood is now MSC certified as a US North Atlantic swordfish fishery

Day Boat Seafood, a US North Atlantic swordfish, pelagic longline and handgear buoy line fishery, has been awarded MSC Certification.

This certification includes the harvest of North Atlantic broadbill swordfish (Xiphias gladius) off the US east coast, including the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) statistical areas off the Florida east coast, the South and Mid-Atlantic, Sargasso Sea, Northeast Coastal, North East Distant and North Central Atlantic.

Back in December, 2011, Day Boat Seafood was awarded MSC certification for the Southeast US North Atlantic swordfish, which is now included in the new certification.

The new certification means that all US licensed fisherman using longline and buoy gear in the area are eligible to share in the certification, subject to signing a sharing agreement with the client group.

Debbie Lewis, director of compliance and sustainability, Day Boat Seafood LLC, said: “This certification provides all pelagic longline and hand-gear fishermen of the North Atlantic the opportunity to join our commitment to the MSC process and our mission to provide sustainable products that will assure the preservation of this fishery for future generations.”

The fishery operates all year round and is managed by the US Federal Government under the Magnuson-Stevens Act and in conformance with International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) management requirements.

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