The Ocean Choice International (OCI) Grand Bank yellowtail flounder (Limanda ferruginea) trawl fishery has earned Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, having been independently assessed by an accredited certifier and found to meet the MSC standard for sustainably managed fisheries. In achieving MSC certification, products from this fishery are now eligible to carry the blue MSC ecolabel.
This demersal trawl fishery is located in the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) areas 3L, 3N and 3O on the Grand Banks near Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada. Stock assessments and overall management objectives for this fishery are established by NAFO and the fishery is regulated by Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
The product from the OCI Grand Bank yellowtail flounder trawl fishery is sold internationally in various forms, including fresh or frozen fillets in USA and Canadian foodservice and retail markets, as karimi in Japan or as skinless, skin-on fresh/frozen fillets in Europe.