One of the largest environmental concerns today is seafood sustainability; that is recognizing that overfishing and environmentally-destructive fishing methods create a severe imbalance in the world's oceans. Overfishing the waters not only affects our own supply and demand for seafood but also the entire ecosystem ocean life supports. Our ability to recognize our role in maintaining the delicate environmental balance and promote responsibility will help sustain our environment for future generations.
Classic Seafood strongly supports suppliers and fisheries that promote sustainable fishing and farming methods. We actively seek out and establish trusted relationships directly with the fishermen and their distributors. In addition, we are devoted to monitoring our suppliers to ensure that they consistently maintain fishery management. This includes measures such as limited fishing, reduced harvests and low impact fishing.
Seafood sustainability is an important asset to all in the industry—from Alaska’s government-regulated fishing practices to seeking out Marine Stewardship Council certified suppliers—we are committed to offering sustainable seafood to ensure a healthy environment with flourishing oceans and lakes for generations to come.
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About Seafood Regulatory Agencies
'Fish, forests, wildlife, grasslands, and all other replenishable resources belonging to the State shall be utilized, developed, and maintained on the sustained yield principal.'
- Alaska State Constitution, Article 8, January 3, 1959.
In 1959, when Alaska became the 49th state, the writers of their state constitution included sustainability into the document—establishing a protective foundation that sets them apart. Mandating that all fisheries are sustainably managed has allowed Alaska’s seafood industry to thrive as well as demonstrates the importance that Alaskans put on the health of their waters and environment.
The role of the ASMI is more than simply marketing Alaskan seafood as healthy and sustainable. Established 20 years ago, this organization acts as a liaison between the seafood industry and the state government “to advance the mutually beneficial goal of a stable seafood industry in Alaska.” While ASMI partners fisherman and government, they also provide a valuable information and education gathered through technical industry analysis and research. These practices have set the bar for sustainability around the world and become an example of successful fishery management.
The Marine Stewardship Council is a global, non-profit and independent organization that provides certification to suppliers and ecolabeling for consumers. Founded in 1997, the MSC works with fisheries, scientists, seafood companies, conservation groups and the public “to promote the best environmental choice in seafood.” Their efforts provide consumer confidence by expanding cooperation within the seafood industry to augment sustainable practices. This is accomplished by the standards suppliers must abide by in order to attain certification and methodologies followed by the MSC. In addition, the work of the MSC is monitored by a third party—the Accreditation Services International. In addition, the standards of the MSC are consistent with the FAO (UN Food and Agricultural Organization) and is a full member of the OSEAL Alliance.