Certifier : 
Acoura Marine Limited trading as LRQA
Certified status : 
Combined with another assessment
Certified since : 
02 Jul 2010
Certificate expires : 
30 Apr 2017

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.

Attention

Some or all units that participated in this fishery are now covered by another assessment. Please see the British Columbia salmon for more information.

Units of Certification & Certificate Information

  • No longer in the program
    MSC UoC Number Species Gear Type Ocean Area Status (Units of Certification) Certificate Code
    UoC-0381 Sockeye-red salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) Gillnets And Entangling Nets - Gillnets 67 (Pacific, Northeast) Withdrawn F-ACO-0009
    UoC-0382 Sockeye-red salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) Gillnets And Entangling Nets - Gillnets 67 (Pacific, Northeast) Withdrawn F-ACO-0008
    UoC-0383 Sockeye-red salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) Gillnets And Entangling Nets - Gillnets 67 (Pacific, Northeast) Withdrawn F-ACO-0006
    UoC-0384 Sockeye-red salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) Gillnets And Entangling Nets - Gillnets 67 (Pacific, Northeast) Withdrawn F-ACO-0007
    UoC-0408 Sockeye-red salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) Hooks And Lines - Trolling lines 67 (Pacific, Northeast) Withdrawn F-ACO-0006
    UoC-0409 Sockeye-red salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) Hooks And Lines - Trolling lines 67 (Pacific, Northeast) Withdrawn F-ACO-0007
    UoC-0407 Sockeye-red salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) Hooks And Lines - Trolling lines 67 (Pacific, Northeast) Withdrawn F-ACO-0008
    UoC-0406 Sockeye-red salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) Hooks And Lines - Trolling lines 67 (Pacific, Northeast) Withdrawn F-ACO-0009

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Eligibility, client groups and vessel lists

A fishery may choose to define the members of the fishery certificate. These members may be vessels or other client group members (client group members may be companies that own vessels and/or companies that are named as eligible to handle product from that fishery).

Documents Published on Files
List of client group members 14 Mar 2017 1 files

About this Fishery

NOTE: This fishery is currently in re-assessment as part of the combined British Columbia salmon fishery

Most sockeye salmon in British Columbia and the Yukon spawn in late summer or fall in lake-fed river systems. Sockeye salmon return to their natal stream to spawn after spending one to four years in the ocean.

Once in the ocean, sockeye salmon grow quickly. While returning adults usually weigh 2-4kg,  weights of 8kg or more have been reported.

Environmental conditions in the ocean produce significant variations in the number of salmon that return to British Columbia’s rivers each year. The number of sockeye returning to the Fraser River in 2009, for instance, was the lowest since 1913, but the 2010 run turned out to be the largest.

The British Columbia sockeye salmon fishery has taken a number of steps to improve management in recent years. While previously 70-80% of fish in a salmon run were harvested, this rate has been reduced to 30-40%.

Since there can be such variation from year to year in the number of salmon, 'test fisheries' give regulators an idea of the composition and abundance of that year’s catch. This enables them to set catch limits and the timing of the fishing seasons for each gear type – troll, gillnet and seines – accordingly. It also helps protect the weaker populations, as sockeye stocks in some places are stronger than others.

"There was a very simple reason for seeking certification: we sell the same products into the same markets as Alaska. Once its salmon fishery was certified, we quickly found that our customers expected we would have the same certification."
- Christina Burridge, executive director, BC Seafood Alliance

British Columbia fishers landing sockeye © Canadian Fishing Co
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Market Information

The main commercial markets for British Columbia sockeye salmon are the USA, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. MSC certification is an important requirement for many buyers.