Norebo is pleased to announce that from the 16th of March 2021 East Sakhalin is included in the scope of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of the Russian Alaska pollock fishery in the Sea of Okhotsk.

This means that the pollock fishery in East Sakhalin subarea is certified according to the MSC Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Fisheries. Annual Alaska pollock fisheries in the East Sakhalin area has been around 100,000 MT in recent years, bringing the annual volume of MSC certified Alaska pollock fisheries in Russia to around 1.1m MT.

As part of Norebo’s ongoing commitment to supply wild fish in a sustainable way, we attribute a huge importance to responsible management of fish stocks and to safeguarding our oceans. Norebo trusts in the MSC’s vision “of the world’s oceans teeming with life, and seafood supplies safeguarded for this and future generations” and shares into its values by achieving the status of sustainable fishery through MSC assessment and certification.

The certification has highlighted the following strengths:

“The Sea of Okhotsk fishery and the Pollock Catchers Association fleet operate within an effective governance regime and is well monitored. The science that underpins the research and management is of a high international standard. Fishery removals and stock abundance are monitored with sufficient frequency to support a robust Harvest Control Rule that is responsive to the state of the stocks” (Source: extract from Public Certification Report).

MSC The certification programme is known and recognized worldwide for its rigour and credibility. MSC certified fish is clearly labelled and can be traced to a certified fishery.

The MSC fishery code is the same for all areas in the Sea of Okhotsk.  

Please follow the link to see Public Certification Report for the details of the MSC scope extension assessment process of the Russian Sea of Okhotsk fishery for the Pollock Catchers Association (PCA).

For any further information, please contact Corporate Communication of Norebo Group at, call +44 1628 594 000 and visit our website:

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