Louisiana blue crab fishery pursues MSC eco-label

26 Jul 2010

Louisiana’s Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board has entered the blue crab fishery into the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification programme.

While crab is landed from all state waters, more than half the Louisiana blue crab is harvested primarily from two areas: Lake Pontchartrain basin and the Terrebonne basin of Gulf of Mexico waters along the Louisiana coast.

The Lake Pontchartrain basin borders New Orleans to the north and east and includes the lake, marshes and sounds to the southeast. The Terrebonne Basin is located southwest of New Orleans.

As a result of the BP oil spill and to dispel a resulting perception over Louisiana seafood, the MSC process is a voluntary, independent third-party evaluation of the fishery against an internationally accepted standard for environmentally responsible and well-managed wild-capture fisheries.

It is not a management programme and does not replace the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries management of the fishery.

The impact of the oil spill will be considered in relation to impact on the sustainability of the stock.

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