Certifier : 
MRAG Americas, Inc.
Certified status : 
Certified
Certified since : 
13 Sep 2016
Certificate expires : 
12 Sep 2021

About

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