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BC’s Pacific halibut, hake, sablefish, tuna, sockeye salmon, pink salmon, and spiny dogfish fisheries have passed their assessment to earn Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for being sustainable and well-managed fisheries.

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Seven BC fisheries are now certified to the Marine Stewardship Council standard for environmental sustainability -Download PDF

We are committed to conservation and sustainable management of our fisheries. Our cooperative approach with the governments of Canada and British Columbia has put us at the forefront of new and innovative conservation initiatives that will help us ensure a viable and sustainable industry while maintaining the health and natural biodiversity of our marine environment.

What is considered a sustainable fishery?

For certification, the MSC recognizes three overarching principles that every fishery must meet to be considered sustainable. These are:

  • Sustainable fish stocks: The harvest level is sustainable for the fish population to ensure that fishing can continue indefinitely and is not overexploiting the resources.
  • Minimizing environmental impact: Fishing operations are managed to maintain the health and diversity of the ecosystem on which the fishery depends.
  • Effective management: The fishery meets all laws and regulations for ensuring sustainable fishing practices.

Did you know?

  • One-half of all seafood harvested in BC commercial capture fisheries is MSC certified.
  • Over 80,000 metric tonnes of fish are harvested in MSC certified fisheries in British Columbia.
  • 64% of all groundfish harvested in BC comes from MSC certified fisheries – generating 63% of the groundfish wholesale value for BC.
  • 100% of all Albacore tuna harvested by BC fishermen comes from MSC certified fisheries- generating 100% of the tuna wholesale value for BC.
  • 100% of all sockeye salmon harvested by BC fishermen comes from MSC certified fisheries- generating 75% of the wholesale value of all BC salmon.
  • MSC certified fisheries generate more than $100 million in landed value for BC fishermen.
  • Value-added seafood products derived from MSC certified fisheries generate more than $300 million in wholesale value.