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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2011/VOLUME 14/NUMBER 5
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Special Report on Eco-certification
An adapting industry
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Magazine Les Îles

Quebec’s fisheries and aquaculture industry has a variety of tools at its disposal to address consumer concerns about sustainable products. To be competitive and position itself on markets, the industry can set itself ahead of its competitors by obtaining certifications that guarantee that its products come from fisheries or aquaculture operations that are sustainable and respectful of the environment.

Eco-certification

This interesting option allows producers to show buyers and consumers that a stock or aquaculture production has been harvested in a sustainable manner. To this end, the industry asks an independent organization to evaluate its harvest methods and their impacts on fish populations and the ecosystem. The organization establishes the sustainability of the capture or rearing methods and then authorizes the use of a logo certifying that the product comes from a sustainable source. However, before a product can be marketed, its traceability all along the marketing chain also has to be certified. This serves to guarantee that only products that have been evaluated and certified bear the logo.

Traceability

Any effort that aims to differentiate a product must first permit identification of the product’s source. The origin of products can be guaranteed by implementing a traceability system. Sometimes, however, it may be justifiable to further differentiate a product. One example of this is a protected designation of origin; in addition to identifying the provenance, the producer proves that it has complied with the standards set out in a strict book of specifications.

Thus, the tools available can provide significant support to industry enterprises as they adapt to the new market realities.

sustainable aquatic products… The new market reality (other articles)


Maité Chavez et Cédric Arseneau
Policy and Economics / Fisheries Management
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