Coastal set net© Mihael Blikshteyn

Kamchatka Pursues MSC Certification

Kamchatka Pursues MSC Certification

One of the world’s most productive fisheries is working towards Marine Stewardship Council certification.

Sockeye salmon spawning in Kamchatka
Sockeye salmon spawning in Kamchatka | © Igor Shpilenok

The first fishery from the Kamchatka Peninsula, one of the world’s most productive fishery regions, entered the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) assessment process last spring. The Ozernaya River sockeye fishery, located in Southwest Kamchatka, is the largest and most commercially significant sockeye salmon fishery in Asia. WSC and the World Wildlife Fund have been working together to support the sustainability of Kamchatka wild salmon ecosystems for years. By linking our support of sustainable fisheries with efforts to protect critical salmon habitat, the Ozernaya River watershed could become a model for wild salmon ecosystems across the Pacific Rim. The MSC full assessment will be completed in 2012.

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