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Alaska Salmon Fisheries Certified to Global Sustainability Standards Lt. Governor Treadwell Accepts Findings at Boston Seafood Show


March 22, 2011, Boston, MA – Alaska's commercial salmon fisheries are now certified as managed and conducted to global standards of sustainability established by the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization.

At the nation's largest seafood show yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell accepted the certifying documents on behalf of the State of Alaska along with Board Chairman Joe Bundrant of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI).

The certification, provided by the Ireland-based firm Global Trust, is sought by customers and chefs around the world who want to know that fish they buy or serve do not deplete wild fish stocks and are otherwise caught and processed in a sustainable manner.

“This certification tells the world what Alaska has long known:  that our salmon fisheries are managed for abundance,” Lt. Governor Treadwell said.  “Alaska's constitution requires that we develop our fisheries for sustained yield – not just for today, but for future generations of Alaskans.

"We will keep this promise to America and the world," Treadwell told more than 800 fish buyers and Alaskans at the Boston Seafood Show who were invited by ASMI to witness the presentation.

Global Trust awarded Alaska Commercial Salmon Fisheries with “Certified Responsible Fisheries Management,” using the Food and Agriculture Organization-based Responsible Fisheries Management criteria established in a process that began at the 1992 "Earth Summit" in Rio de Janeiro.

Review of other Alaska fisheries, including halibut and Black Cod, is underway.

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