E&E's Salmon Certification Plan Steady

As reported here earlier this year, last January E&E Foods and 7 other major Alaska seafood processors withdrew from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification program. Subsequently the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) decided to no longer be the MSC client for the fishery.

At the recent Boston Seafood Show and the Europe Seafood Expo in Brussels, there was much conversation about the recent decision by the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association (PSVOA) to become the MSC client. Inaccurate reports about this move have caused confusion and the false assumption that the MSC had been reinstated as the certification program of choice. This is not the case.

E&E Foods continues to fully support the FAO-based Responsible Fisheries Management certification that has been developed for the industry by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) and the State of Alaska. We have no intention of continuing our MSC certification for salmon past the end of this year’s certification period which ends in October, 2012.*

We will keep you posted on program developments here, but if you have any questions, please call our sales team. For more information, check out this article by John Sackton, Editor and Publisher of Seafood News.

*Please Note: MSC certification will be applied to all of our 2012 Alaska salmon production. And that the consumer recognized MSC label can be used on packaging through mid-2013.