Wednesday, January 13, 2010

MSC eco-label likely to stay on Alaska pollock

The commercial quota for Bering Sea pollock has taken a tumble in recent years, but it appears the still-huge fishery is in line to keep its Marine Stewardship Council certification as a sustainable and well-managed fishery.

Here's an industry press release just out today.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pffft!

Anonymous said...

Pollack may be sustainable, but draggers are not. See http://tholepin.blogspot.com/ http://notrawlzone.blogspot.com/ http://www.akmarine.org/ http://angrycrabberscommittee.blogspot.com/ The Total Allowable Catch levels being set at maximum profit levels by the council members who own and lobby for these same drag fleets, has resulted in a biomass reduced from world-feeding numbers to the lowest existing stocks in thirty years. With a smaller, younger age class incapable of spawning and more vunerable to predation (being eaten). With profit incentives for "History" and Quoata they are encouraged to catch every last fish. So they hang their nets in a diamond V formation, as opposed to hanging it square with riblines and parallel with head/footropes. Then they tow harder, which pinches the webbing together so NOTHING escapes. Thereby disabling any escapement devices/mechanism B.S. they $ell the public. Diamond hung drag nets have been ILEGAL for a long time on the dragger-ruined East Coast. They catch more, smaller fish on purpose, and encourage its use for bait and fishmeal for farmed fish. I can go on and on... Not trying to burst anybodys profit bubble, but I feel we need to reconciliate into a CLEAN, SUSTAINABLY managed fishery of OUR/AMERICAN CITIZENS COMMON PROPERTY. Or we will be "HISTORY" like OUR Gulf Shrimp, Gulf King Crab, Scallops, JOBS, Dinner, etc., the list grows as we speak. In the "BE$T managed" fisheries??Have a Nice day!! Anonymous Crabber

ANGRY CRABBER # 1 said...

Everyone should read the Fishery Enforcement Report on the Brig, mostly draggers and proccessors.

Anonymous said...

Take a look at; http://www.seacops.com/ to see pollack draggers in action.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile MSC still has no client for AK salmon; with no client, how can MSC in good faith allow its certification to remain valid. Why wasn't the certification suspended until a new client is on board? Is MSC desperate or what? And who's preparing the nnual surveillance report as required by the certificate conditions???

Anonymous said...

Amen to the 2nd post.

Anonymous said...

If the canneries lose their profits from whitefish, they will be forced to either invest into more farm fish production, buy wild salmon at higher prices, or close their doors....the pollock and cod is the cream of their profits...take this away, and they will acually have to work for a living....like always, manipulating the markets, and living off the backs of the laborforce...