Tracking your seafood from fishery to plate
Certification provides verification of responsible fisheries management and strong governance.
Certification measures against a standard of best practices for how fisheries are sustainably managed and provides a high level of assurance that the seafood you purchase is verified as sustainable and responsible, was harvested legally and is traceable back to its source.
Alaska Seafood is certified by both Alaska RFM & MSC
Both Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) programs are benchmarked by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) and aligned with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, the most comprehensive set of international standards and best practices for wild fisheries.
Alaska RFM provides credible standards for sustainable fishing and supply chain traceability. Whether you are a buyer, consumer, NGO or other stakeholders, seafood from Alaska RFM certified fisheries provides documented third-party assurance of responsible seafood sourcing policies and zero logo licensing fees.
Chain of Custody
Traceability is a critical part of sustainability certification programs such as Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). One key component of these programs is the ‘Chain of Custody’ standard, which ensures that fish coming from a sustainable fishery can be traced back through every step in the supply chain to their origin.
Traceability, Alaska's Priority
A thorough framework of traceability tools, such as batch numbers or bar codes, helps companies track seafood products as they are landed, received, processed, labeled and shipped. These tools ensure quality checks, provide record keeping that food safety requirements are met, and documents the alteration of fish/shellfish into seafood products at every step. All Alaska seafood suppliers must comply with traceability requirements, including those set by the USDA, NOAA and FDA.