Marine Stewardship Council
Albacore MSC Sustainability Certification:
MSC Designated Albacore Buyers July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023
NOTE: Albacore Buyers wishing to sell MSC albacore can request an annual agreement by contacting WFOA, and also their facility being certified by MSC.
WFOA Members: If you are a U.S. WFOA member in good standing, with all dues and other obligations up to date by June 30, you are automatically under the certification and buyers can verify your eligibility from the list posted above.
Non-WFOA Members: As this certification covers the entire U.S. troll and pole and line (baitboat) fishery, it is open to non-WFOA members though your buyers at no cost if the buyer is designated. The buyer needs to verify the vessel and request it be placed on the list by WFOA prior to unloading.
Labor Self Declaration: For those involved in MSC – WFOA/AAFA just completed and MSC uploaded our Labor Self Declaration to the MSC website at:
AAFA Vessels: AAFA vessels are under the same MSC certification as WFOA but will maintain their listings separately.
Canadian Vessels: Canadian vessels are under a separate certification. Buyers also have certain requirements. There is a sign-up procedure with the Canadian Highly Migratory Species Foundation with contact information.
Buyers: WFOA will maintain and post on this page a list of designated MSC buyers in the MSC chain of custody (CoC). Qualified buyers on this list have agreed to pay a small fee on ALL albacore they buy. This fee will NOT be deducted from WFOA member proceeds. These funds will be for cost-recovery of funds spent on certification and for future surveillance audits and re-certification. Buyers not complying with terms of the agreement will be removed from the designated buyer list and MSC and “MSC CoC Certification Bodies” will be notified.
NOTE: Non-contracted albacore buyers using the WFOA/AAFA MSC certification in their sales or COC are in violation of the terms of the certification and will be reported to the certification bodies and MSC.
VESSEL QUALIFYING CRITERIA – Buyers need to verify:
- U.S. Documented or State Registered vessel
- Valid HMS permit
- Up to Date NOAA Issued Logbook
- HSFCA registration if fishing beyond 200 miles
- If fishing west of 150W longitude, vessel must be registered with WCPFC and in compliance with their requirements
- Listed vessel on the IATTC registry
- Only troll or baitboat methods on that particular trip. No albacore will be MSC eligible if landed on a trip during which albacore were caught by any other method or gear type.
- Only owners of MSC-qualified vessels can directly sell MSC-certified albacore off-vessel; otherwise there must be a fish ticket or bill of lading from the first buyer who certifies that the albacore came from MSC-qualified vessels. Secondary sellers of MSC-eligible albacore must also obtain MSC Chain of Custody certification.
- To sell MSC-certified albacore directly to the public, vessel owners must comply with MSC Chain of Custody requirements. To meet these requirements, a vessel owner must sign a Designated Party Agreement with WFOA. This also applies to vessels processing at sea or in the harbor. A secondary requirement is a “fish and game sellers license number” issued by your state. (If you do not intend to use the MSC certification, then you have no such requirements.)
MSC Contact for Questions:
Dan Averill, Fisheries Outreach Manager-Americas,
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), 2110 N Pacific St., #102
Seattle WA 98103
Skype: dan.averill (Seattle)