The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) Board of Directors has announced that Global Trust Certification Ltd. has been chosen to perform an independent, third-party certification of Alaska's fisheries management systems.
Under the agreed model, each major Alaska fishery will be assessed for conformance to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and the FAO Guidelines for Ecolabelling Fishery Products. The substantive requirements of the FAO Codes are the world's most widely recognized sustainability principles.
Alaska intends to certify the management structure of its major commercial fisheries; salmon, shellfish, groundfish and halibut and black cod. The first fishery certification is scheduled to be completed in 2011.
source: ASMI press release