Why are they important?

Sustainability and Traceability are core principals at Organic Technologies and a critical component of our AlaskOmega® omega-3 fish oils and concentrates. The Wild Alaska Pollock fishery has been managed through a holistic approach that assesses impact on the entire Bering Sea ecosystem for well over 38 years, monitored by the US government and the State of Alaska to ensure the continued health of the Alaska Pollock fish stocks.

Annual Alaska Pollock catches range from 1MM to 1.4MM MT (million tons) – approximately 50% of the Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC). There is less than 1 % bycatch of non-target species through the use of selective mid-water pelagic fishing trawls, ensuring that the fishery is efficient and a good steward of marine natural resources.   The careful monitoring, responsible catch restrictions and sustainable fishing practices over the years have kept the Alaskan Pollock fishery healthy, robust and growing – with over a 65% increase in Pollock Biomass in 2014, according to a recent NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association) assessment.

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Marine Stewardship Council certified

All AlaskOmega omega-3 fish oil ingredients are certified Sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), considered by many the gold standard for sustainability certification. MSC certification covers Chain of Custody and Traceability, unlike other 3rd party certification programs. AlaskOmega customers can participate in the MSC Chain of Custody program as part of the MSC certified supply chain, which allows use of the MSC logo on finished goods containing AlaskOmega® oil.

 The MSC 3rd Party Certification Program was rated #1.

In 2012 Accenture issued a report commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) which assessed the leading seafood sustainability certification programs and seafood ecolabels worldwide. Criteria included Standard Setting Procedures, Accreditation Certificate Structures and Procedures, Ecological Sustainability, Fishery Management Systems, and Traceability, Risk Mitigation and Non Targeted Species, and Ecosystem and Habitat Impact.

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Comparison of Sustinability