BEDFORD, NS, July 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Clearwater Seafoods Inc. (Clearwater)
announced today the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of
its Arctic surf clam fishery. In combination with the certification of
the Nova Scotia snow crab fishery last week, Clearwater now boasts a
total of seven species certified by the MSC, completing the
certification of all its core products, and giving the Company the
widest selection of MSC-certified species of any seafood harvester
These certifications represent a collection of significant milestones
for Clearwater. The deep-water clam fishery is the first of its kind
globally to obtain MSC certification, while the snow crab fishery is
the first in North America. These species join the Clearwater family of
MSC-certified offerings including Canadian sea scallops, Argentine
scallops, Canadian coldwater shrimps and Eastern Canadian offshore
"The MSC certification of our Arctic surf clams and Nova Scotia snow
crab further supports our leadership position and our aspiration to be
the world's most extraordinary, wild seafood company," said Ian Smith,
Clearwater CEO. "It gives me great pleasure to announce that
Clearwater's full line of core species offerings are now certified to
the world-recognized gold standard in sustainable fisheries."
About the fisheries
The Arctic surf clam fishery operates year-round in Banquereau Bank off
the coast of Nova Scotia and Grand Bank off the coast of Newfoundland
and Labrador. Clearwater has invested in and developed the Arctic surf
clam fishery since its inception in 1986 and is the sole supplier for
this high-quality product. The primary markets for Arctic surf clams
are Japan and China, with a secondary market in the U.S.
The Nova Scotia snow crab fishery operates seasonally from early May to
mid September on the eastern portion of the Scotian Shelf off Nova
Scotia. The snow crab product is processed into clusters consisting of
one side of the crab with legs and claw attached. It is primarily sold
in the U.S.
"We are extremely proud that these two fisheries have achieved MSC
certification. It is a significant milestone for our company and for
the international markets that we serve," said Christine Penney, Vice
President of Sustainability and Public Affairs for Clearwater.
"Clearwater's commitment to sustainable harvesting practices is now
independently verified as we provide the widest selection of
MSC-certified species of any seafood harvester worldwide."
To obtain MSC certification, the Arctic surf clam and Nova Scotia snow
crab fisheries underwent third-party evaluations by independent
certifiers. The certifiers completed thorough assessments of both
fisheries' practices to meet the standards set out by the MSC for
sustainability, environmental impact and good management practices.
With the certification, Clearwater's Arctic surf clam and Nova Scotia
snow crab products are now eligible to carry the blue MSC ecolabel in
the marketplace. MSC-certified products have a growing audience in
markets worldwide as a result of increased buyer and consumer interest
for sustainable seafood products. The MSC logo is evidence the fishery
meets strict environmental standards and the product originates from a
sustainable and well-managed fishery.
"The MSC is committed to working with partners like Clearwater to transform the world's seafood markets and promote sustainable fishing practices. As such, I am delighted to welcome the Arctic surf clam and
Nova Scotia snow crab fisheries to the program," said Kerry Coughlin,
Americas regional director for the MSC. "Market demand for
internationally-recognized, third-party certified and labeled seafood
is increasing around the world and we look forward to seeing products
from these fisheries bear the distinctive MSC ecolabel."
Clearwater Seafoods Inc. (TSX:CLR) is one of North America's largest
vertically integrated seafood companies and the largest holder of
shellfish licenses and quotas in Canada. With sales of over $330
million in 2011, the Bedford, NS based company has over 1,400 employees
in offices, plants and vessels around the world. It is recognized
globally for its superior quality, food safety, diversity of species
and reliable worldwide delivery of premium wild, eco-certified seafood,
including scallops, lobster, clams, coldwater shrimps and snow crab.
Since its founding in 1976, Clearwater has invested in science, its
people and technological innovation as well as resource ownership and
management to sustain and grow its wild seafood resource. This
commitment has allowed it to remain a leader in the global seafood
market and in sustainable seafood excellence.
About the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
The MSC is an international non-profit organization set up to help
transform the seafood market to a sustainable basis. Fisheries that
wish to demonstrate they are well managed and sustainable against the
science-based MSC standards are assessed by a team of experts who are
independent of both the fishery and the MSC. Seafood products can
display the blue MSC ecolabel only if that seafood can be traced back
through the supply chain to a fishery that has been certified against
the MSC standard.
SOURCE CLEARWATER SEAFOODS INCORPORATED
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