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 Certification Division; the Sustainable Seafood Initiatives and Auditing 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.
Our Certification Division undertakes independent audits of commercial fisheries and supply chains against third party sustainability standards, including the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) and the FISH Standard for Crew. We also undertake Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) and other activities that assist fisheries on their path towards full certification.
Seafood Sustainability Initiatives and Auditing Division (SSIAD)
In the Seafood Sustainability Initiatives and Auditing Division we conduct individualized assessments of supply chain risks and sustainability, including independent verification and traceability exercises; this is evidence-based work to support informed 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.
MRAG Americas is part of the family of MRAG companies that includes MRAG Ltd and MRAG Asia Pacific. Our expertise has been utilized for more than 30 years in designing and implementing integrated resource management systems in over 60 countries. MRAG Americas offers a strong capability to respond rapidly and effectively to needs in the Americas region.
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.