Eco-Friendly Certification Contested

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VANCOUVER – News of ecologically friendly labelling would usually be met with widespread approval, but that’s not the case in Vancouver were the Pacific hake is expected to earn a sustainability certification from the private London-based Marine Stewardship Council.

According to a Vancouver Sun report, the certification has been protested by California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium and the global marine conservation group, Oceana; both groups are concerned that the species is overfished. “The Pacific hake are at an all-time low population,” the paper quoted, Ben Ecticknap, Pacific project manager for Oceana, as saying. “There’s no good signs of recovery.”

If the certification goes ahead, products make from Pacific hake, including fish sticks, surimi, crabmeat and artificial lobster, would boost a blue ‘eco-friendly’ label.

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