Fishermen of the Sea of Okhotsk regained the certificate of sustainability
Usually, in addition to the certificate of sustainability, an auditing company stipulates a number of conditions for the certifying fishery to follow to make it more environmentally sound. However, in this case, the auditing company, Acoura Marine, has not found any significant issues in the work of the PCA. Acoura Marine specialists only recommended the PCA to assess marine birds mortality, test mitigation devices, and increase the number of observers onboard trawl fishing vessels. The latter should make fishing processes more transparent.
The PCA has about 30 members and more than 100 vessels. PCA’s fleet catches almost 800 metric tons of pollock annually, which makes up slightly less than 50% of all-Russia pollock catches. Products from these companies are sent to the domestic, Asian and European markets.
The PCA received the first certificate in 2013. The successful recertification allows the PCA’s companies to place the eco-label on their products for the next five years.
So far, the MSC certification system is significantly better other similar ecologically valuable programs. The certificate is well regarded among retailers and buyers from the European Union and the countries of the Pacific Rim.