Raincoast Conservation Foundation, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust and Watershed Watch Salmon Society said Wednesday they plan to challenge the eco-certification awarded to the Alaskan salmon fishery by the Marine Stewardship Council
The council assesses fisheries and certifies those that are sustainable and environmentally sound, giving consumers assurance they are buying seafood from a responsibly managed fishery.
MSC certification labels appear on fresh, frozen and canned fish. No stranger to controversy, the council sparked outrage last year when it awarded certification to B.C. sockeye salmon, including the troubled Fraser River runs.
MSC gave 16 Alaskan salmon fisheries blanket certification in 2000, which remains the commission's largest and most complex of the 133 fisheries it certifies. But the MSC's own surveillance report on the Alaskan fisheries noted concerns about the effects that the release of billions of hatchery fish into the ocean could be having on wild salmon stocks.(emphasis added)