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, in order to make it more environmentally sound. However, in this particular case, the auditing company Acoura Marine has not defined any flaws in the work of the PCA. Acoura Marine specialists only recommended PCA to assess the marine birds’ mortality, test mitigation devices, and increase the number of observers onboard trawl fishing vessels. The latter should make the fishing process more transparent.
The PCA has about 30 members and more than 100 vessels. PCA’s fleet catches almost 800,000 metric tons of pollock annually, which makes a bit less than 50% of all-Russia pollock catches. Products of 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 well beyond other similar ecologically valuable programs. The certificate is well appreciated among retailers and buyers from the European Union and the countries of the Pacific Rim.