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Bering Sea Crab Fisheries Receive Certifications Recognizing Their Sustainability

Norton Sound red king crab. Photo: Jenn Ruckel, KNOM

Five Alaska crab fisheries, including two Bering Sea ones, have met the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Standard.

According to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), the Eastern Bering Sea tanner crab is newly certified under the Alaska RFM for this year. Aleutian Islands’ golden king crab also received a new certification.

In terms of re-certified crab fisheries, Bristol Bay red king crab, St. Matthew Island blue king crab, and the Eastern Bering Sea snow crab all completed the assessment process successfully.

ASMI’s RFM model is based on the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations code and guidelines for credible certification, which assures buyers that the crab is sourced from responsibly managed, sustainable fisheries.

The certification process for each crab fishery was facilitated by the Bering Sea Crab Client Group (LLC).

Image at top: Norton Sound red king crab. Photo: Jenn Ruckel, KNOM.