Russia’s Far East is emerging as a region for MSC-certified salmon Photo: ForSea Solutions Russia’s Far East is emerging as a region for MSC-certified salmon Photo: ForSea Solutions

Seafood consultancy firm, ForSea Solutions, is teaming up with several major North American seafood companies, notably The Fishin’ Company and Gorton’s, to promote fishery improvement in Russian Far East salmon fisheries.

ForSea Solutions will work with the companies to increase the amount of wild salmon from the Russian regions of Kamchatka, Sakhalin and Khabarovsk that meets these companies’ standards for sustainable sourcing before import to North America.

ForSea Solutions was formed in 2016 to provide technical guidance to Russian salmon fishermen to help achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. “We are excited that The Fishin’ Company and Gorton’s have similar goals to advance the sustainability efforts of these fisheries,” said founder and president, Natasha Novikova. “These efforts include fishery improvement projects, MSC certification and much more,” she added.

Russia is the fifth largest seafood producer in the world, harvesting approximately four million tonnes of seafood annually and accounting for 45% of wild-caught salmon globally. The Kamchatka, Sakhalin Island and Khabarovsk regions produce over 80% of Russia’s wild salmon harvest.

ForSea Solutions provides technical guidance and leadership support to more than 30 Russian salmon companies, resulting in MSC certification for many, with five others currently in various stages of their sustainability efforts. In 2020, half of the salmon harvest from the Russian Far East was MSC-certified.

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