Verifying that Alaska's Pacific Cod fishery is sustainably and responsibly managed
RFM provides independent, third-party certification of the management of the major Alaska commercial fisheries. Certification provides additional assurance and verification to buyers, markets, and stakeholders that seafood from Alaska is responsibly managed and sustainable. Currently, AFDF is the Client for the MSC and RFM certification of Pacific cod. Support and membership to MSC & RFM sustainability certification programs is an ongoing industry-wide initiative. There was a broad industry agreement to support both certifications and distribute the costs based on catch by sector (Acceptable Biological Catch – ABC) throughout the fishery. Alaska’s Pacific cod fishery has maintained both certifications for all regions and gear types.