Certifier : 
MRAG Americas, Inc.
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Certified since : 
19 Nov 2010
Certificate expires : 
20 May 2025


The Pacific hake mid-water trawl fishery operates off the west coast of the United States and Canada. The fishery became MSC certified as sustainable in 2009. It was recertified in November 2014.  

Pacific hake (Merluccius productus) is also known commercially as Pacific whiting. The species is migratory and inhabits waters from Baja California, Mexico up to Southeast Alaska.  

The management of the fishery is shared via an international agreement between the governments of Canada and the United States. A joint management committee recommends the annual Total Allowable Catch (TAC), while the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in the U.S. and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in Canada are responsible for domestic management of their country’s fisheries. 

Pacific hake/whiting (Merluccius productus) image © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book