Scallop fishery certified sustainable
The US Atlantic sea scallop fishery has been certified to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for sustainable, well-managed fisheries following an independent assessment conducted by Intertek Moody Marine.
This means that the 14 member companies of the American Scallop Association (ASA) participating in the client group are now eligible to display the blue MSC ecolabel on catches from the fishery.
Attorney John Whiteside, Jr., speaking on behalf of the American Scallop Association, said, “The US Atlantic sea scallop fishery is the most valuable fishery in the United States and the success and sustainability of the fishery is due to comprehensive and careful management practices being implemented by all stakeholders in the fishery.”
The MSC certificate covers Atlantic sea scallops fished along the US Atlantic coast from Maine to North Carolina by limited entry federal permits. The fleet comprises all vessels with limited entry permits accounting for 95% of the total US catch of this species.
According to National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) data, the US Atlantic sea scallop fishery landed more than 50 million pounds of scallops in 2012, making it the highest value fishery in the country.
Primary commercial markets are restaurants and retail outlets across the US and European Union. The fishery uses New Bedford dredge gear and consists of 348 vessels fishing out of many ports on the east coast. The two most significant landing ports are New Bedford, Massachusetts and Cape May, New Jersey.
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