Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers

Independently Certified

Fishery Management
Industry Initiatives

as Sustainable

Because the Alaska pollock fishery is recognized around the globe for responsible fishery management, Genuine Alaska Pollock® is a great choice for consumers and chefs who prefer to choose sustainable seafood products.

The fishery also has independent verification of its sustainability by internationally recognized certification programs, including the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) program.

In 2005, the Alaska pollock fishery was certified as sustainable to the standard set by the Marine Stewardship

Alaska pollock fishery is recognized around the globe for responsible fishery management

Council for a well-managed, sustainable fishery. The fishery was recertified in 2010 and will undergo recertification again in 2015. This certification requires a third-party certification to the MSC standard with extensive scientific peer review, stakeholder engagement, as well as chain of custody certification for all participants in the value chain. The independent scientists who conducted the 2010 reassessment assigned the fishery very high scores across the board, reflecting the fishery's progressive management approach. At that time, the MSC commented on the recertification by saying "The assessment for re-certification confirms that the Alaska pollock fishery is one of the best managed fisheries in the world. In the management of this fishery, the annual harvest level is set conservatively; bycatch levels are extremely low with 99.5 percent of what is caught in the nets being utilized; there is 100 percent federal observer coverage; and, a quota system allocates a portion of the pollock catch to local Alaska communities."

Alaska pollock was also certified by the Alaska RFM program in 2011 and was recertified in 2017. This program provides third-party certification of the management of the Alaska pollock fisheries based on the respected United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and the FAO Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries – both recognized around the globe as the best criteria for responsible fisheries management.

Alaska pollock is recognized as a sustainable choice on the seafood lists developed by the following organizations:
> Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management
> Blue Ocean Institute
> Environmental Defense Fund
> Marine Conservation Society
> Marine Stewardship Council
> Monterey Bay Aquarium
> New England Aquarium
> Shedd Aquarium

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