We just completed our MSC audit and passed. For those of you who are not familiar with MSC it stands for the Marine Stewardship Council.The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an independent, global, non-profit organization. In an attempt to reverse the continued decline in the world’s fisheries, the MSC is seeking to harness consumer purchasing power to generate change and promote environmentally responsible stewardship of the world’s most important renewable food source, seafood.
So first the Alaska Salmon and Halibut fishery has to be certified by MSC as a sound fishery that is well managed. This has been done.
Secondly, we (R&J Seafoods) have to pass an independent audit that shows we can trace our fish from the finished product back to where it came from (chain of custody). Any salmon or halibut that I ship out I have to be able to show where the fish came from. We have been able to do just that. Thus, we will be receiving our certification!
Once we receive our certification number we will post the MSC logo on our web site.
I missed posting an update in March so I have a few things to touch on in this April posting.
We are currently having new packaging designed for our smoked salmon line of products. We will have the packaging ready to go just in time for summer shoppers. As we narrow down the design options I will post something for all to see.
The weather was warming up, snow melting (gone in most places) and the past 3 days we started getting more snow. It looks like an early summer is not going to happen.
I am very anxious for the summer to get here. For now I will continue to hibernate.
We have completed selecting our crew for this summer season. I am very excited as we have good, quality people coming to work for us in Alaska. Some of the employees are returning from last season and some will be here for the first time.