Great news for sustainable seafood, MSC Certification for West coast Rockfish!

Posted on June 27th, 2014 by Matt | Posted in Awards & Recognition, Blog, Close to Home, Local, Notes & News, Seafood, Sustainability

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Business E-Newsletter


Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

Rockfish

Six west coast rockfish species added to Seafood Watch “Good Alternative” list

Consumers, chefs and suppliers now have additional sustainable seafood options to choose from on the west coast! The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) announced its certification of 13 species caught by the west coast groundfish trawl fishery in the waters off of Washington, Oregon, and California. Since the MSC eco-certification label benchmarked as equivalent to at least a Seafood Watch “Good Alternative,” the 13 newly MSC-certified groundfish species caught in the west coast fishery now also carry our “Good Alternative” (yellow) rating.

This means that several species we previously listed as “Avoid” are now available to consumers as a sustainable option, including several species of rockfish: Chilipepper rockfish, longspine thornyhead, shortspine thornyhead, splitnose rockfish, widow rockfish and yellowtail rockfish.

We encourage everyone to buy rockfish species certified by the MSC or certain species caught with handlines in the Pacific, California, Oregon and Washington.

Previously, in alignment with our seafood sustainability guidelines, LifeSource was only able to offer Rockfish that complied with Seafood Watch’s “Good Alternative” recommendations. This narrowed our choices to hook and line Rockfish and restricted us to only certain species. The Monterrey Bay Aquarium now recognizes the Marine Stewardship Council sustainability certification as equivalent to their own “Good Alternative” categorization. Recently, the MSC evaluated the Washington, Oregon, and California fisheries for several species of Rockfish and found them meeting or exceeding MSC standards for sustainability. Because the industry has taken the steps to ensure sustainability, LifeSource can now offer these species for sale in our fresh fish department. The cooperation among fishing vessels,  government regulators, and the Marine Stewardship Council, indicates the growing interest among consumers,  fishing industry and retailers for a scientifically managed, sustainable supply of seafood for the future. It is clear that our choices as consumers significantly encourage sustainability in this industry.

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