The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) has confirmed with the majority of Alaska salmon processors that the bulk of the 2013 harvest will be certified under the United Nations FAO Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) program.
“We want buyers to understand that approximately 80% of the salmon harvest will be available under the RFM certification program,” says Michael Cerne, executive director for ASMI. A limited supply of MSC certified Alaska salmon may become available pending the completion of the MSC assessment process estimated to be finished in July.
“Alaska’s dedication to sustainability predates any eco-label – in fact, Alaska is the only State in the U.S. to have it written into its Constitution. However, we understand the need in some markets for independent verification, which is why we chose to participate in the RFM Certification program. We are pleased that the list of Alaska companies with RFM Chain of Custody continues to grow,” says ASMI Board Chairman Joe Bundrant (Executive Vice President Trident Seafoods). A complete list can be found at sustainability.
Both the Governor of Alaska and the United Fisherman of Alaska, a broad trade organization made up of 37 fishing associations, strongly support the RFM model.