MSC Certificate issue for PCA

East Kamchatka Alaska (Walleye) pollock is MSC certified by UCSL
22 September / 2021
PCA President Alexey Buglak and CEO of UCSL Olga Shuvalova
The Pollock Catchers Association (PCA) has gained Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for the East Kamchatka Alaska (Walleye) pollock mid-water trawl after independent assessment by UCSL United Certification Systems Limited for compliance with the MSC Fisheries Standard.

UCSL has assessed the mid-water trawl pollock fishery in East Kamchatka on the stock status of the target species, the environmental impacts, and the effectiveness of the fisheries management system.

On September 9, at the site of the IV Global Fishery Forum in St. Petersburg, CEO of UCSL solemnly presented an MSC certificate to the President of PCA Alexey Buglak.
It is important for UCSL team that we work with the Pollock Catchers Association on MSC certification project in the East Kamchatka region.
Passing this assessment allowed PCA to certify all pollock fisheries in the Far Eastern seas.
Olga Shuvalova
Head of MSC Russia Anisia Shepeleva, Development director of MSC Camiel Derichs, PCA President Alexey Buglak and CEO of UCSL Olga Shuvalova
After the completion of MSC certification in Eastern Kamchatka, 75% of Russian pollock catches come from sustainable sources, said PCA President Alexey Buglak.

Alexey Buglak emphasized that the association is implementing a consistent and systematic program to increase the sustainability of the pollock fishery in the Far Eastern basin. PCA considers MSC certification to be one of the important incentives for this process. To obtain the certificate a lot of preparatory work was required, including conducting scientific research and launching a scientific observer program for Eastern Kamchatka.