Public comment sought for rockfish, Atka mackerel

Fishing vessels docked in Cordova Harbor. (Jan. 2, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Public comment is being sought through Feb. 6 for the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management certification program for the Atka mackerel and rockfish fisheries.

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute officials said that the Alaska Seafood Cooperative, serving as the client, had entered into assessment for RFM certification Atka mackerel, Pacific Ocean perch and northern rockfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, plus Pacific ocean perch, northern rockfish and dusky rockfish in the Gulf of Alaska.

The Atka mackerel and rockfish fishery assessment began with the first day of the site visit on June 17, 2019. All seafood products originating from these fisheries from that date forward have the opportunity to an RFM certified claim for those companies who have current RFM Chain of Custody.

Further information on stakeholder involvement can be located at alaskaseafood.org/rfm-certification/stakeholder-involvement.

For more information on Alaska RFM certification go to alaskaseafood.org/rfm-certification.