MRAG Americas is starting a new project with the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) the RFMO responsible for ensuring the long term conservation and sustainable use of the fishery resources in the north west Atlantic. This work will result in a fully documented description of all methodologies being used for estimating tow catches by vessel skippers, NAFO compliance Observers, Scientific Observers and NAFO At-Sea Inspectors, together with the development of common best practices. We are very excited to be working with NAFO on this important project. We’ll be collaborating on this with our sister companies MRAG Ltd and MRAG Asia Pacific.
MRAG Americas, Inc. is pleased to announce that a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) re-assessment of US West Coast Limited Entry Groundfish Trawl fishery has begun. The assessment, which includes the limited-entry and Makah tribal components, will evaluate the fishery for compliance with the MSC’s Standard for well managed and sustainable fisheries. The assessment will include 18 groundfish species, with a site visit taking place in Seattle from 9-11 May.
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Providing public and private clients with professional services to support responsible, rational and sustainable use of aquatic resources.
MRAG Americas is a private consulting and auditing company focused on activities that support the conservation of marine and freshwater ecosystems through responsible, rational and sustainable use of fish and other aquatic resources. Our work is spread over four Client Service Divisions: the Fisheries Technical Division; the Fisheries Certification Division; the Seafood Sourcing Division; and the Fisheries Monitoring Division.
Fisheries Technical Division
Fisheries Technical Division projects focus on applying established and novel scientific methods to support the sustainable management of fisheries and effectively communicate science to varied audiences.
Fishery Certification Division
Our Fishery Certification Division undertakes independent audits of commercial fisheries against sustainability standards, including the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The Division also conducts Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs), designed to improve managed fisheries for a sustainable future and other projects related to fisheries certification and ratings.
Seafood Sourcing Division
In the Seafood Sourcing Division we conduct individualized, independent assessments of supply chain risks and sustainability, including traceability exercises and MSC and ASC Chain of Custody certifications; this is evidence-based work to support informed seafood sourcing choices by businesses and consumers.
Fisheries Monitoring Division
Observer programs and Electronic Monitoring and Electronic Reporting (EM/ER) are integral to the sustainable management of many key fishery resources. MRAG manages these programs globally to collect essential data on commercial fishing activities.
Our ability to service an extensive array of resource management needs is further extended through our network of collaborations with internationally acclaimed experts from academic institutions and other private organizations worldwide.
MRAG scientists are highly published in peer-reviewed journals and symposium proceedings, have presented invited papers at international meetings, and write large scale reports for governments and NGOs.