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Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation press release

Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation press release

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 Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation• 431 W.
th 
 
 Avenue, Suite 106, Anchorage, AK 99501•phone (907) 276 
7315, fax (907) 276 
7311• www.afdf.org 
 
January 17, 2012
 News Release
AFDF has received letters from eight major primary salmon processors advising AFDF they arephasing out their financial support for the Marine Stewardship Council salmon certificationprogram. Collectively these processors account for approximately 72% of the Alaska salmonharvest. They have given us notice they will support the MSC program for Alaska salmon onlythrough October of 2012, when the current certificate expires. The eight processors includeTrident Seafoods, Icicle Seafoods, Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Peter Pan Seafoods, Alaska GeneralSeafoods, E & E Foods, Kwikpak Fisheries and North Pacific Seafoods.The current MSC certificate is valid through October 29, 2012. It’s important to note that allAlaska salmon harvested during the 2012 fishing season will remain eligible to carry the MSClogo and be sold as certified as long as the participating entities maintain valid MSC Chain of Custody certification. However, the 2
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Recertification that AFDF just initiated with Intertek Moody Marine (IMM) would need to be completed in order to continue the MSC certificationbeyond October 29, 2012.AFDF was asked to take over the clientship for MSC certification of Alaska salmon in December2009, after Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced in July of 2008 that they would nolonger carry out the duties required of the client. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Instituteconsidered picking up the clientship for a time, but voted in December 2009 to delay a finaldecision by their Board of Directors. At industry’s request, AFDF investigated the level of support on the part of the primary salmon processors and found virtually unanimous industrysupport for retention of MSC certification for Alaska salmon, and AFDF became the client inFebruary 2010.Clearly the level of industry support for MSC certification has changed substantially since 2010.After receiving letters from the aforementioned eight Alaska Salmon Processors, the AFDFBoard of Directors met January 16 to consider its best course of action. Lacking substantialindustry support for continuing MSC salmon certification beyond October 29, 2012, the Boardwas compelled to comply with the requests of its major clientship sponsors and instructed AFDFExecutive Director, Jim Browning, to proceed only with those actions necessary to maintain theMSC certification of Alaska Salmon through October 29, 2012.

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