Eastern Canada offshore sea scallop fishery gains MSC certification

The Eastern Canada offshore sea scallop fishery operating within the Canadian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the eastern seaboard of Canada has earned Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

This is the first scallop fishery in North America to be MSC certified.

Exported worldwide, the sea scallops are harvested using the New Bedford scallop rake or dredge. Established in 1945, the fishery has had an average catch of 6,300mt of shucked scallops annually over the past six years. While the fleet markets some fresh scallops, Frozen at Sea individually quick frozen (IQF) scallops account for nearly 60 per cent of the landings each year.

The client for the assessment was a group of five fishing companies: Adams and Knickle Limited, Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership, Comeau’s Sea Foods Limited, LaHave Seafoods Limited, and Ocean Choice International Limited Partnership. The group was coordinated by the Seafood Producers Association of Nova Scotia (SPANS).

“The clients are very pleased that the Eastern Canada offshore sea scallop fishery has been certified against the MSC standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries,” said Roger Stirling, president of SPANS. “The certificate affirms the sustainable management of the fishery.”

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