Ocean Choice International receives another MSC Certification
April 22, 2013
St. John’s, NL – Ocean Choice International (OCI), as a member of the Association of Seafood Producers
(ASP), has received official notice that the Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio)
fishery has completed the certification process and been awarded the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
certification for sustainably managed fisheries.
“We take great pride in ensuring all our fisheries operate in a responsible and sustainable manner,” said
Martin Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of OCI. “We continue our efforts to make OCI a global leader as
stewards of our oceans and marine environment”.
For OCI, MSC certification of Snow Crab adds it to a family of MSC certified fisheries that include: Canadian
inshore and offshore northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis) and striped shrimp (Pandalus montagui), OCI Grand
Bank yellowtail flounder (Limanda ferruginea), Eastern Canada offshore scallops (Placopecten magellanicus)
and Scotia-Fundy Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus). “We now have about 80% of the fisheries that
make up OCI’s supply base MSC certified”, said Sullivan, “This puts OCI in a very unique leadership position
that shows how, as a vertically integrated seafood company with extensive quotas and our own fishing fleet,
we are totally committed to responsible fisheries management and sustainable fisheries.”
MSC certification of fisheries and products is a science-based recognition that both a fishery and the fishing
practices are sound and well managed. OCI’s customers recognize not only the availability of more certified
products from OCI but also the leadership that OCI has shown. “Our customers worldwide acknowledge the
importance of sound fisheries management and with the addition of Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab to
our growing list of MSC certified fisheries they can rely on us for a full portfolio of MSC certified products”, said
“Our future is tied to the sea and by taking a lead role in fisheries management and sustainability we ensure
our future success,” noted Sullivan.