Russia Sea of Okhotsk pollock fishery is MSC certified for a new 5-year period

30 August 2018

The conformity assessment body Acoura Marine announced on the 28th of August 2018 the release of the Public Certification Report for the Russia Sea of Okhotsk pollock fishery. Subject to successful outcomes from surveillance audits, Russian Sea of Okhotsk pollock is now certified under the MSC requirements for Sustainable Fisheries from the 24th of September 2018 (after the current certificate expires on the 23rd of September 2018) and for five (5) calendar years following this date.

As no criteria that contribute to the overall assessment score scored less than the unconditional pass mark, it was deemed unnecessary to trigger binding conditions for placement on the fishery. However, the fishery got tree non-binding recommendations that would make a positive contribution to ongoing efforts to ensure the long-term sustainability of the fishery

Norebo’s fishing companies in the Russian Far East are members of the Pollock Catchers Association (PCA) that acts as the Client Group of this certification. The association membership holds some 74% of the total quota share of pollock in the Russian Far East, but 80% of the quota share of pollock in the Sea of Okhotsk.

The fishery is able to use the MSC’s logo on all products of Walleye pollock, also referred to as Alaska or Russian pollock, harvested with the midwater pelagic trawl in three Russian fishery management subzones in the Sea of Okhotsk, including the Northern Sea of Okhotsk subzone (05.1), Western Kamchatka (05.2) and Kamchatka–Kuril (05.4) subzones. The Eastern Sakhalin (05.3) subzone is not part of this certification.

The successful re-assessment of the fishery under the MSC requirements for Sustainable Fisheries is a solid proof of our sustainability commitments and effective cooperation with other harvesters, research and environmental organizations.

See also the MSC’s press release about the certification of this fishery here.