Resource: A review of the December 7, 2011 draft MSC assessment of B.C. pink salmon fisheries

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Authors / Publisher: SkeenaWild Conservation Trust, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, David Suzuki Foundation, and Watershed Watch Salmon Society

Date: January 19, 2011

PDF: A review of the December 7, 2011 draft MSC assessment of B.C. pink salmon fisheries

Summary:

This paper provides an evidentiary-based critique of the Public Certification Draft Report (PCDR) for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of BC’s pink salmon fisheries. The PCDR is an assessment of British Columbia’s pink salmon fisheries prepared by Moody International for the Canadian Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Society (CPSFS). The CPSFS is seeking MSC Certification of British Columbia’s pink salmon fisheries.

This paper challenges some of the scores given by the Assessment Team, speaks to the inadequacy of specific conditions as well as DFO commitments to meeting some conditions in their action plan. The authors recommend (1) changes in specific scores and conditions, (2) improvements to the DFO action plan to ensure that conditions are met if certification is granted, and (3) that certification be withheld until fishery performance is improved,especially for the eight performance indicators where fishery performance is insufficient to award passing scores based on an objective and precautionary interpretation of available information.