News & Events: Atlantic Scallops Fishery is Certified “Sustainable”

America’s Most Valuable Fishery – Atlantic Scallops – Is Certified “Sustainable” by Marine Stewardship Council

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — December 19, 2013 — The following was released by the American Scallop Association:
The certification covers Atlantic sea scallops fished along the U.S. Atlantic coast from Maine to North Carolina by limited entry federal permit holders. The fleet accounts for 95 percent of the total U.S. scallop catch.
The certification will allow the 14 member companies of the American Scallop Association (ASA) to display the blue MSC eco-label on catch from this fishery and to continue to sell to global customers who require certification. An independent, third-party Conformity Assessment Body conducted a rigorous, scientific, and stakeholder-engaged assessment and concluded that the U.S. Atlantic sea scallop fishery is “one of the best-documented and thoroughly researched scallop fisheries in the world.”
“For too long, activists have blamed all of the ocean’s woes on fishermen,” said Ross PaaschĂ©, ASA President. “This certification provides solid evidence that fishermen are capable of being guardians of the ocean’s future.”
Earlier this month, John Bullard, the Northeast Regional Administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) told the Boston Globe that scallopers “have become tremendous stewards of this resource.”
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