Certifier : 
MRAG Americas, Inc.
Certified status : 
Certified since : 
06 Dec 2007
Certificate expires : 
13 Feb 2023


In 2007, the Oregon pink shrimp fishery became the first shrimp (prawn) fishery in the world to achieve MSC certification. It was re-certified in early 2013.

The fishery operates off the coast of Oregon in the western United States and 80-90 vessels are covered under the existing MSC certification. The primary fishing method is otter trawling, which derives its name from the "trawl doors" or "otters" which are used to keep the mouth of the net open. The use of bycatch reduction devices are mandatory. Since the discovery of LED lights' effectiveness in reducing bycatch of Eulachon smelt, juvenile flatfish and juvenile rockfish by an additional 78-90%, almost 100% of the fleet have employed such lights on a voluntarily basis. 

The annual catch landed at Oregon ports averages about 11,000 tonnes, with an overall average shrimp size of approximately 3 inches.

During the fishery’s first 5-year certification period, considerable improvements were made. More and better information for stock assessment has been gathered through the introduction of comprehensive logbooks for recording total catch and discards. Expanded observer coverage, harvest control rules and electronic reporting were also introduced.  

The scope of the fishery was extended during the second certification period with the Washington pink shrimp operation becoming certified in October 2015. 

"Oregon’s pink shrimp fishermen are proud that their fishery has been recertified to the MSC Standard.  It’s a testament to the cooperative relationship that exists between the fleet and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, to continually improve their fishery and make it one of the cleanest shrimp fisheries in the world."
- Brad Pettinger, director of the Oregon Trawl Commission

Image © Oregon Trawl Commission