STATEMENT OF POLICY
The Canfisco Group’s business includes the fishing, processing, and marketing of seafood products and is dependent on the sustainability of fishery resources. Therefore, as a responsible stakeholder, the Canfisco Group is committed to working with fisheries management agencies, local communities, First Nations, environmental groups, and other stakeholders to ensure effective resource management systems are implemented that promote sustainable harvest of marine resources and maintenance of healthy ecosystems.
In Canada, the federal government’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans is responsible for managing fisheries and the ocean environment while, in Alaska, the fisheries are managed by the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game whose mandate on sustainability is written into the State’s constitution.
The fisheries management systems for Canada and Alaska are among the most sophisticated in the world and engage in a number of strategies to manage and protect the fisheries stocks and their habitats:
- Total Allowable Catch (TAC) – establishes a scientifically based harvest limit.
- Time-And-Area Closure – restricts fisheries to defined times and areas.
- Boat Restrictions – sets a maximum size of fishing boats.
- Gear Prohibition – restricts certain gear types.
- Fishery Limitations – controls through licenses and quotas.
RESPONSIBLE FISHING PRACTICES
The Canfisco Group has been a signatory to the Canadian Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing since 1998. The Code includes conservation principles and practical operational standards aimed at ensuring responsible fishing practices in Canadian waters.
The objective is to promote responsible fishing, conservative harvesting technology and sustainable development based on a United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) code developed in 1995 in recognition of the pressure on many fishery stocks around the world.