Copper River Seafoods officials have made a decision to continue participating in sustainable seafood certification programs offered by Global Trust via the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, and another from the Marine Stewardship Council.
“The choice of programs now offers professional seafood buyers an option to meet and exceed their sustainability plans,” Copper River Seafoods officials said in an announcement on Oct. 1 in Anchorage. “CRS has and will continue to participate in both programs.”
Traditionally processors of Alaska seafood had relied on the Marine Stewardship Council’s third party sustainable seafood certification program to assure buyers that a variety of Alaska seafood was harvested from sustainable fisheries.
Still, there has been growing concern from several processors over the past few years that once certified by MSC the Alaska brand did not stand out on its own, but rather presented as another MSC approved seafood. There was a lot of grumbling at one particular meeting of processors on the board of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, who noted that the Alaska Constitution already mandated that all of the state’s fisheries be well managed and sustainable. They wanted an alternative to MSC, and got it, thanks to an agreement struck between ASMI and Ireland-based Global Trust.
On April 16, Alaska king crab and snow crab fisheries became the latest Alaska commercial fisheries to complete certification by a Global Trust certification committee.
ASMI is currently seeking requests for proposals from eligible applicants from reputable qualified bidders to perform fisheries certification assessments of the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska flatfish fisheries and Aleutian Islands gold king crab fisheries. The deadline for proposals is Oct. 31. Details on how to submit proposals are at www.alaskaseafood.org