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Following a twelve month fishery assessment period, a Global Trust Certification Committee met on April 16th, 2012 and formally certified that the management system of the U.S. Alaska King and Snow Crab Bering Sea Commercial Fisheries have met the FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Standard. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) submitted the application.
Certified crab species include the Bristol Bay Red King Crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus), Eastern Bering Sea Snow Crab (Chionoecetes opilio) and St. Matthew Island Blue King Crab (Paralithodes platypus). Eligible fisheries employ pot gear within Alaska jurisdiction (200 nautical miles EEZ) and are subjected to a federal [National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)/North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC)] and state [Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) & Board of Fisheries (BOF)] joint management regime.
A Certification Summary Report for the fishery assessment is available at http://sustainability.alaskaseafood.org/crab-certification
Alaska crab joins Alaska's salmon, halibut, black-cod/sablefish and pollock fisheries in having been certified by the independent organization Global Trust in accordance with the FAO-Based Certification Model for Responsible Fisheries Management. For more information about Alaska's sustainable fisheries management and certification go to www.alaskaseafood.org
source: Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute