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The British Columbia Commercial Sockeye Salmon Fisheries Public Certification Report Volume 1

Summary

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is a non-profit organization whose mandate is the long-term protection of the world’s marine fisheries and the associated ecological components. … The objective of the MSC is to promote fisheries certified as sustainable directly in the marketplace through the use of the MSC Fish-tick eco-label on certified fish products. … The BC Salmon Marketing Council (BCSMC), on behalf of the commercial salmon industry, proposed that the certification assessment evaluate the four sockeye fisheries targeting stocks returning to the Fraser, Skeena and Nass watersheds and Barkley Sound in British Columbia and Canadian EEZ waters. This assessment evaluated the fishery management system used to manage both the marine and fresh water (in-river) sockeye salmon fisheries conducted in those four systems. This report presents the results of the certification assessment of these fisheries.

–Excerpt from the report’s Introduction