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Kamchatka fishermen are welcome to join the sustainable fishery certification process

30 april 2019
A workshop devoted to the fisheries' environmental assessment took place in Kamchatka. The event was organized by Marine Certification LLC, Gidrobionica LLC, with support from Kamchatka ministry of fisheries and WWF-Russia's Kamchatka Office.

The sustainability certificate from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is a key to the largest international seafood markets for fishing companies. The certificate allows fishermen to sell their products for higher prices. It is also a marker of environmentally sound operations. Some experts believe that as the number of certified fisheries goes up, and the margins for ecolabel seafood will eventually go down. The ecolabel itself will become necessary for selling seafood products in lucrative markets.

"We can use the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certification as an example of what will probably happen to the seafood certification. FSC is widely known as the major environmental certification of sustainability for companies which are engaged in forest management. The number of certified companies is very high nowadays. Therefore, the ecolabel does not provide the high surplus value as it did in the early years. However, a forestry company without the ecolabel, is forbidden to sell goods in environmentally sensitive markets like the EU. The MSC certification process will work the same way eventually, but now it is still a great idea to join the certification process and receive the highest income," said Pavel Trushevsky, Director of Marine Certification LLC.
Yuri Kislyak / WWF-Ru
"The process of MSC certification takes time, money and effort. The assessment conducted by an independent foreign credentialed company can be rather expensive for Russian fisheries. In 2016, a Russian company was accredited by MSC. So the services of a domestic company should cost local fishermen less than those of a foreign appraiser," said Sergey Korostelev, the Sustainable Marine Fishing Program Coordinator with WWF-Russia.

By the end of April 2019, there were fifteen companies fishing for salmon in Kamchatka that had been granted MSC certificates. "Vityaz-Avto", "Tymlatsky Fish Factory", "Ustkamchatryba", and other large fishing companies were among those certified. Seven more companies were at the full assessment stage. The facilitators of the workshop look forward to other fisheries of Kamchatka joining the certification process.

For additional information please contact
Project coordinator (Sustainable fishery project coordinator)