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‘Certified sustainability’

Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 3:27 pm

While it won’t likely influence Omega Protein’s detractors, the Reedville menhaden company’s recently being awarded the valued “certified sustainability” recognition from the Marine Stewardship Council will likely reassure users of its products that the company is not harming menhaden stocks.

The Marine Stewardship Council, headquartered in London, England, started in 1996 in response to the collapse of the Grand Banks cod fishery. Its goal is to measure and evaluate fisheries to assure they are being harvested within sustainable levels. Omega requested review with an eye to obtaining the council’s sustainability label two years ago. In March, SEI Global, an independent evaluator used by MSC, recommended Omega be given the certification but Omega opponents, which in the past have included Greenpeace, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Gov. Ralph Northam when he was in the Virginia Senate, objected to SEI’s conclusions and the matter was sent to an adjudicator for review.

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