Established in 1988
As partners in these robust fisheries, APA works with fishery managers, scientists, environmentalists and other industry members to ensure the continued health and sustainability of our marine resources.
The mid-water trawl Alaska pollock fishery is the nation's largest fishery. In fact, the Alaska pollock fishery is one of the largest fisheries in the world. The ability of our vessels to harvest, process, package and freeze our catch within hours of harvest allows us to produce affordable seafood products of the highest quality. The food products we produce include fillets, surimi, and fish roe. Fish meal and fish oil is produced from non-flesh parts of the fish we catch.
APA has played a leading role in finding ways to minimize fishing impacts on the environment. In the 1990s, APA members formed fish harvesting cooperatives in both the Alaska pollock and Pacific whiting fisheries. These cooperatives enable us to catch the quota using fewer vessels and to better coordinate efforts to reduce incidental catches. The Alaska pollock fishery and Pacific whiting fishery are regarded as two of the "cleanest" fisheries in the world. APA catcher/processor vessels retain and utilize 99.5% of their catch.
Marine Stewardship Council
The At-sea Processors Association is the representative client group for the certification of both Gulf of Alaska (GoA) and Bering Sea Aleutian Islands (BSAI) pollock under the Marine Stewardship Council’s sustainable fishery standard and ecolabel. Certification requires a rigorous third party review based on three guiding principles of: 1.) sustainable fish stocks, 2.) minimizing environmental impact, and 3.) effective management. The MSC fishery standard is recognized by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI), which benchmarks certification programs against FAO guidelines. The BSAI and GoA pollock fisheries were first certified in 2005, with successful re-certifications occurring in both 2010 and 2015. The current third party Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) responsible for the pollock assessments is MRAG Americas. For further details on the MSC program and to view recent certification documents and certificates for the Alaska pollock fisheries, CLICK HERE.
Alaska REsponsible Fisheries Management Program
The At-sea Processors Association is one of three fishery client groups for the certification of Alaska pollock under the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Program (RFM), a sustainable fisheries certification program. The Alaska RFM fisheries standard is also GSSI recognized and focuses on six key principles of evaluation including: 1.) the fisheries management system, 2.) science and stock assessment activities, 3.) the precautionary approach, 4.) management measures, 5.) implementation, monitoring and control, and 6.) serious impacts of the fishery on the ecosystem. The Alaska pollock fishery was first certified in 2011, with successful re-certification occurring in 2017. The current third party fishery certification body responsible for the Alaska pollock assessment is DNV GL. For further details on the RFM program and to view recent certification documents and certificates for the Alaska pollock fishery, CLICK HERE.
What We've Achieved
Since the inception the PCC in 1999, it has helped reduce over capacity in the catcher/processor fleet and enabled participants to produce 50 percent more fish products on a per pound basis than the fleet produced in 1998 under an "Olympic-style," race for fish.