It’s Official: Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Achieves MSC Sustainability Certification
September 3, 2019 — REEDVILLE, Va. — Omega Protein’s Atlantic menhaden fishery has now been officially certified as sustainable against Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards. The certification comes after a final approval by an independent adjudicator, who had ruled against challenges to the certification. Today’s approval ends a two-year effort by Omega Protein to secure the certification.
The MSC standard is considered perhaps the strictest and most reliable indicators of seafood sustainability. Fisheries that carry the Council’s blue checkmark are required to follow internationally recognized best practices for operating healthy, sustainable fisheries.
“When we started this process in the Spring of 2017, we were confident that our Atlantic menhaden fishery could meet the high bar for MSC certification,” said Bret Scholtes, CEO of Omega Protein. “Now that our fishery is officially certified, consumers around the world will know the work our fishermen do every day to ensure our products come from a sustainable, responsibly harvested resource.”
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