Alaska crab fisheries progresses FAO Based Responsible Fisheries Management Certification process
Made (in)famous by the popular TV documentary series, Worlds Deadliest Catch, Alaska Bering Sea king and snow crabbers are perhaps known more for their tough, hard-working ethics than their unified belief in managing these rich and wonderful fisheries in a responsible manner for continued sustainable use. That is why the fisheries have elected to demonstrate that they indeed operate to international best practice, which is to the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. For this reason, the Bering Sea crab fisheries, supported by the Trade Organization, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute have applied for certification to the FAO Based Responsible Fisheries Management Program. As part of the process, Global Trust has already undertaken a detailed review (called Validation) of the crab fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands to gain a thorough understanding of the assessment approach, the assessment units and full assessment plan. Vito Romito, crab fisheries specialist of Global Trust confirmed that full assessment is well underway with further site visits to all management organizations and fishery stakeholders in early January.