Alaska Flatfish RFM
Alaska's Commercial Flatfish Complex Successfully Completes First Annual RFM Certification Audit
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 2, 2015
Alaska's commercial flatfish complex successfully completed its first audit against the state's FAO-based Responsible Fisheries Mananagement Certification scheme.
The fisheries surveyed for this audit included arrowtooth flounder, flathead sole, Greenland turbot, Kamchatcka flounder, northern rock sole, rex sole, southern rock sole and yellowfin sole. The fisheries covered are all commercially taken between the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands or the Gulf of Alaska. The stocks are managed under NMFS and the North Pacific Fishery Managment Council.
The assessment was conducted according to the Global Trust procedures for FAO-Based RFM Certification. The survey is based on 6 major components of responsible management derived from the FAO including:
-The Fisheries Management System
-Science and Stock Assessment Activities
-The Precautionary Approach
-Implementation, Monitoring and Control
-Serious Impacts of the Fishery on the Ecosystem
"Following this 1st Surveillance Assessment, in 2014, the assessment team recommends that continued Certification under the FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management Certification Program is maintained for the management system of the applicant fisheries," the assessment concluded.
This was the first audit against Alaska's flatfish complex since the fishery first earned RFM certification in December 2013
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