Certifier : 
MRAG Americas, Inc.
Certified status : 
Certified
Certified since : 
13 Sep 2016
Certificate expires : 
19 Jul 2026

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-1982 Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) Seine Nets - Beach seines 61 (Pacific, Northwest) MSC-F-31265 (MRAG-F-0061)
    UoC-1213 Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) Seine Nets - Beach seines 61 (Pacific, Northwest) MSC-F-31265 (MRAG-F-0061)
    UoC-1214 Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) Traps - Stationary uncovered pound nets: Coastal trap nets 61 (Pacific, Northwest) MSC-F-31265 (MRAG-F-0061)
    UoC-1983 Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) Traps - Stationary uncovered pound nets: Coastal trap nets 61 (Pacific, Northwest) MSC-F-31265 (MRAG-F-0061)
    UoC-1215 Coho-silver salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) Seine Nets - Beach seines 61 (Pacific, Northwest) MSC-F-31265 (MRAG-F-0061)
    UoC-1216 Coho-silver salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) Traps - Stationary uncovered pound nets: Coastal trap nets 61 (Pacific, Northwest) MSC-F-31265 (MRAG-F-0061)
    UoC-1211 Pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) Seine Nets - Beach seines 61 (Pacific, Northwest) MSC-F-31265 (MRAG-F-0061)
    UoC-1980 Pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) Seine Nets - Beach seines 61 (Pacific, Northwest) MSC-F-31265 (MRAG-F-0061)
    UoC-1212 Pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) Traps - Stationary uncovered pound nets: Coastal trap nets 61 (Pacific, Northwest) MSC-F-31265 (MRAG-F-0061)
    UoC-1981 Pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) Traps - Stationary uncovered pound nets: Coastal trap nets 61 (Pacific, Northwest) MSC-F-31265 (MRAG-F-0061)
    UoC-1534 Sockeye-red salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) Seine Nets - Beach seines 61 (Pacific, Northwest) MSC-F-31265 (MRAG-F-0061)
    UoC-2409 Sockeye-red salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) Traps - Stationary uncovered pound nets: Coastal trap nets 61 (Pacific, Northwest) MSC-F-31265 (MRAG-F-0061)

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Catch by Species

Species Reported Catch Year Metric Tonnes
Coho-silver salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) 2018 14
Sockeye-red salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) 2018 8,905
Pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) 2018 113,856
Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) 2018 3,722

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

Three species of salmon – Pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha), chum salmon (O. keta), coho salmon (O. kisutch) – comprise this fishery. It is located on the western part of the Kamchatka Peninsula on the Sea of Okotsk coast and the lower reaches of six large coastal rivers: the Ozernaya, Koshegochek, Golgina, Opala, Kol and Vorovskaya.

The certificate was applied for by the Russian Vityaz-Avto – Delta group. The group's Ozernaya River sockeye salmon fishery was the first in Kamchatka to be MSC certified, in 2012.

The salmon are caught with coastal trap nets in the sea, and beach seines in the rivers. Several federal and regional agencies and research institutes are involved in managing the fishery.

"From the very beginning of our work, the policy of Vityaz-Avto - Delta was aimed at sustainable and well-managed fisheries. With the entering into the new MSC assessment, we realize that we are getting more environmental commitments, since we recognize the importance of sustainable fishing of salmon for our region. We hope our previous experience with MSC certification of sockeye salmon will allow us to get certified for other types of salmon and enter the global and domestic markets with MSC certified products."

 - Alexander Tarasov, Director General, Vityaz-Avto

Market Information

The commercial market is wide, with frozen products going to the USA, Europe and Asia as well as Russia.