An Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute committee has picked a firm to certify the state's major commercial fisheries as sustainably managed.
The apparent winning bidder is Global Trust, based in Ireland.
The firm does not have the contract yet. At this point, a committee of ASMI staff and board members has selected it from a pool of several bidders.
The ASMI board will consider Global Trust at its March 2-3 meeting in Juneau, ASMI spokeswoman Laura Fleming tells Deckboss.
Now, I know what you're thinking: Doesn't that London outfit, the Marine Stewardship Council, already certify Alaska's fisheries?
Yes and no. Certain segments of the industry have won MSC certification, such as Alaska salmon and Bering Sea pollock.
The ASMI contractor will evaluate Alaska fisheries more comprehensively to include salmon, groundfish, halibut and crab, according to this request for proposals the institute posted back in December.