OCI teams with SFP, others on multiple FIPs

Canadian firm nears goal of 100% MSC-certified fisheries.

Canada-based Ocean Choice International (OCI) said Friday its greysole/witch flounder fisheries in NAFO areas 2J3KL, 3NO and 3Ps entered into a Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) to reach MSC-certification approval.

The Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC) sponsored the FIPs with support from Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP).

These fisheries account for 1,800 metric tons of the Canadian total allowable catch (TAC), of which OCI holds 85 percent.

“With over 90 percent of our current resource base MSC certified, these FIPs will prepare our key remaining fisheries for the MSC certification process, putting us near the finish line of 100 percent MSC certified fisheries,” said OCI CEO Martin Sullivan.

GEAC also launched this week FIPs for two Canadian redfish/ocean perch fisheries.  Canada’s Unit 1 and Unit 2 redfish fisheries are located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Laurentian Channel, (primarily between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland).

SFP will also support these FIPs. The offshore part of these fisheries has a TAC of 8,000 metric tons, of which OCI holds the largest portion of about 40 percent.

“Redfish/ocean perch and Greysole were once robust fisheries on Canada’s Atlantic Coast and have strong appeal in markets around the world," said OCI COO Blaine Sullivan.

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