Certifier : 
Lloyds Register (Acoura)
Certified status : 
Certified
Certified since : 
24 Sep 2013
Certificate expires : 
27 Aug 2023

About

This fishery targets the walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma), and was certified in September 2013.

The fleet uses pelagic trawls to catch the fish. This method is considered relatively benign as the gear, in midwater, rarely comes into contact with the seabed: it is not associated with damage to marine habitat. It is also thought to reduce levels of bycatch, although vulnerable species are still sometimes unintentionally captured.

The vessels licensed to operate this fishery are not allowed to use any other types of gear while fishing for pollock – some do have multiple permits and different gear types, but any change in target species must be declared (e.g. switching to cod using bottom trawls). 

Walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) image © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book