As the growing concern over fishing stocks has risen, the regulators of our industry have increased there efforts to preserve, maintain and restore fish stocks in the Pacific Ocean.
Halibut (Hippoglossus Stenolepis)
The Halibut fishery in North America, both sport and commercial, is controlled by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) with support from the Canadian and American governments. The IPHC monitors, manages and regulates the fishing stock through continuous scientific research in the waters off of Canada and the United States. They establish the total catch for the season by assessing biomass stocks and delegate it between the different catch areas. The total catch is then broken down into individual vessel quotas and all fish caught are logged and recorded to ensure accurate harvest numbers. This type of monitoring and quota system insures a reliable, consistent and sustainable fishery.
The Alaskan and Canadian Halibut fisheries are also approved by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) under their sustainable fisheries program. The MSC is an independent body and their certification program is recognized around the world for assessing fisheries as being sustainable and developing traceability from the boat to the end consumer. www.msc.org
Rock Fish (Sebastes)
To further strengthen the Canadian Halibut fishery, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has developed an integrated ground fish management program. This program ensures that all ground fish caught through non targeted fisheries have assigned quotas for each species. The program is policed through on board video cameras that certify that no catch is disposed of in the ocean. The targeted fishery operates under an Individual Vessel Quota (IVQ) system where specific specie quotas are assigned to ensure that they are not over fished or harmed.
Sablefish- Black Cod (Anoplopoma fimbria)
Sablefish in British Columbia are caught under an Individual Vessel Quota (IVQ) system. Individual vessels are allotted a portion of the total catch. The total catch is assigned through a joint effort between the Canadian Sablefish Association and Department of Fisheries and Oceans. This system monitors and warrants a stable supply and a sustainable harvest.
North Pacific Sablefish caught in Alaskan waters is certified by MSC under their sustainable fishery program.