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18th Apr 13Managed by Chatham House
Financed by DEFRA
Gulf of St. Lawrence northern shrimp fishery certified as sustainable
Approx. 27,000 additional metric tons of northern shrimp enters marketplace with MSC certification.
Three quarters of Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence northern shrimp trawl fishery has attained Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for being a sustainable and well managed wild-capture fishery. The northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis'also referred to as northern prawn) captured by the certified vessels is now eligible to display the MSC's internationally coveted blue eco-label. The remaining quarter of this fishery is currently in final stages of its assessment for MSC certification.
The holders of this new MSC certificate are five shrimp processors from Qubec that are members of the Association of Quebec Seafood Producers (AQIP) and two New Brunswick-based shrimp processors. The five members of AQIP are Crevettes du Nord Atlantique Inc., Crustacs des Monts Inc., Fruits de Mer de l'est du Qubec Lte., Tabatire Seafood and Pcheries Marinard Lte. Produits Belle-Baie Lte is a seafood processor located in Caraquet, New Brunswick; and L'Association Cooprative des Pcheurs de l'Ile Lte. of Lameque, New Brunswick, is a cooperative of harvesters that have also invested in processing facilities for northern shrimp. Together, these seven companies sponsored the full assessment for MSC certification for this fishery.
The newly certified portion of the fishery includes licensed vessels within the Canadian federal waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence that supply their product to the seven clients' processing facilities in Quebec and New Brunswick. This certified portion of the fishery captured approximately 26,832 metric tonnes of northern shrimp in the 2007 season. The primary market for Gulf of St. Lawrence northern shrimp is Europe.
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