Certifier : 
SCS Global Services
Certified status : 
Certified
Certified since : 
17 Jun 2011
Certificate expires : 
27 Oct 2022

Overview

Fisheries are composed of one or more parts, each of which is entitled to receive an MSC certificate. These parts or “units” are defined by their target stock(s), fishing gear type(s) and if relevant vessel type(s), and the fishing fleets or groups of vessels.

When the term “Unit of Certification” is used for fishing units that are in assessment, it refers to the “Unit of Assessment” or “Unit of potential certification”. Expand a status below to view the parts that form this fishery. To check the detailed scope, download the latest certificate or open the Assessments page to get the latest report. Find out more by visiting our page on Fisheries

Units of Certification & Certificate Information

  • Certified
    MSC UoC Number Species Gear Type Ocean Area Certificate Code
    UoC-0378 Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) Gillnets And Entangling Nets - Gillnets 67 (Pacific, Northeast) MSC-F-31303 (F-SCS-0102)
    UoC-0380 Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) Hooks And Lines - Trolling lines 67 (Pacific, Northeast) MSC-F-31303 (F-SCS-0102)
    UoC-0379 Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) Seine Nets 67 (Pacific, Northeast) MSC-F-31303 (F-SCS-0102)
    UoC-0369 Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) Gillnets And Entangling Nets - Gillnets 67 (Pacific, Northeast) MSC-F-31303 (F-SCS-0102)
    UoC-0371 Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) Hooks And Lines - Trolling lines 67 (Pacific, Northeast) MSC-F-31303 (F-SCS-0102)
    UoC-0370 Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) Seine Nets 67 (Pacific, Northeast) MSC-F-31303 (F-SCS-0102)
    UoC-0372 Coho-silver salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) Gillnets And Entangling Nets - Gillnets 67 (Pacific, Northeast) MSC-F-31303 (F-SCS-0102)
    UoC-0374 Coho-silver salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) Hooks And Lines - Trolling lines 67 (Pacific, Northeast) MSC-F-31303 (F-SCS-0102)
    UoC-0373 Coho-silver salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) Seine Nets 67 (Pacific, Northeast) MSC-F-31303 (F-SCS-0102)
    UoC-0366 Pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) Gillnets And Entangling Nets - Gillnets 67 (Pacific, Northeast) MSC-F-31303 (F-SCS-0102)
    UoC-0368 Pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) Hooks And Lines - Trolling lines 67 (Pacific, Northeast) MSC-F-31303 (F-SCS-0102)
    UoC-0367 Pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) Seine Nets 67 (Pacific, Northeast) MSC-F-31303 (F-SCS-0102)
    UoC-0375 Sockeye-red salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) Gillnets And Entangling Nets - Gillnets 67 (Pacific, Northeast) MSC-F-31303 (F-SCS-0102)
    UoC-0377 Sockeye-red salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) Hooks And Lines - Trolling lines 67 (Pacific, Northeast) MSC-F-31303 (F-SCS-0102)
    UoC-0376 Sockeye-red salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) Seine Nets 67 (Pacific, Northeast) MSC-F-31303 (F-SCS-0102)

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Catch by Species

Species Reported Catch Year Metric Tonnes
Coho-silver salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) 2020 24.7
Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) 2020 4.8
Sockeye-red salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) 2020 30.6
Pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) 2020 784.7
Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) 2020 259.9

Information is provided by an independent Conformity Assessment Body as live weight (the weight of species at the time of catch, before processing) and where a fishing season covers multiple years, the end year is given as the reported catch year. Additional information is available in the latest report, see the assessments page.

About this Fishery

The Metlakatla Indian Community manages this fishery, harvesting chum, coho, king and pink salmon in the waters off the Annette Islands Reserve in southeast Alaska.

Most of the salmon is captured by purse seine (> 85 %), followed by gillnet (~14%) and a very small amount of troll (<0.5%). Compared to other fishing methods, purse seine gear is relatively selective since it is done in the open water column and directed at the target species.

The fishery is actively monitored and managed on a weekly and daily basis to make sure enough salmon escape to reach the local spawning grounds.

Local sockeye salmon populations have been depleted in the Annette Islands. A strategy is in place for recovering sockeye stocks, and the fishery is committed to ensuring these efforts are not impaired through incidental catch of this species. This is one of a number of improvements the fishery is undertaking to reduce potential negative impacts.

Market Information

The fishery produces primarily frozen fillets and headed and gutted salmon for European markets. The other half, mostly from the seine harvest, is sold to processors off the island.