Russian pollock MSC CoC certified

The PCA has been successfully certified against the MSC CoC The PCA has been successfully certified against the MSC CoC

Independent certification body, Food Certification International (FCI) recently announced that the Russian Pollock Catchers Association (PCA) has been certified against the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody (CoC).

Set up in 2006, the PCA operates 180 vessels through 45 fishing companies, catching around 1.5 million tonnes of fish and seafood per year. The association harvests over 70% of Alaska pollock in the Russian exclusive economic zone, and more than 40% of world total catch of Alaska pollock.

The aim of the PCA is to promote and implement improvements for Russian Far East pollock in Vladivostok, Sakhalin, Magadan and Kamchatka.

Alexey Buglak, executive director, PCA, said: “The PCA member companies are highly interested in making buyers and consumers of Russian Pollock confident that Russian traceability system for fish products is robust, and our supply chain meets MSC Chain of Custody standard.”

James Allan, Aquaculture Manager for FCI, said: “The range and scope of our fisheries, aquaculture and processing activities continues to grow. These clients, in addition to the two full and two pre-assessment fisheries currently being assessed for MSC certification in the Murmansk area, add significant value to our growing Russian client-base. This further enhances our company growth and continuing market share within the global certification sector.”

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