Russia's Fishery Shipowners Association -- whose members include Russian Fishery Company, the country's largest pollock harvester -- has been awarded Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for the Western Bering Sea pollock fishery.

The certificate gives all members of the consortium the ability to sell their products as certified, giving it full independence from the Pollock Catchers Association (PCA), which has held the MSC certificate since the fishery first received the eco-label.

The Bering Sea is the second most significant fishing area for pollock in Russia, after