in the Russian fishery industry
Pollock Catchers Association (PCA) was established in 2006.
Today PCA is one of the leading fishermen unions in Russia.
PCA member-companies harvest over 45% of total aquatic biological resources in Russia, including 78% of country’s and 41% of world’s total pollock landings. PCA companies operate 109 fishing vessels, including modern trawler-processors and motherships. PCA also includes companies operating inshore fish processing facilities. PCA companies provide over 20 000 jobs.
From the day of establishment, PCA is committed to the principles of sustainable and responsible fishing. With that goal, PCA supports different environment protective initiatives and scientific researches aimed at preservation of pollock stocks in the Russian waters.
PCA works to promote Russian-made pollock products at the domestic and external markets by strengthening buyers’ and consumers’ trust in high-quality products produced by PCA member companies, and boosting its consumption.
Important goal of PCA activities is rational use, conservation and reproduction of aqua biological stocks through close cooperation with fishery research and science institutes by delivering of mutual programs and projects. PCA supports program of pollock fishery monitoring improvement, funds at-sea scientific surveys to estimate potential impact of mid-water trawl pollock fisheries on the ecosystem, and pushes technical research project on gear selectivity.
To provide an independent verification that Russian Far East mid-water trawl pollock fisheries are sustainable, PCA has obtained and supported international ecological certification of all key pollock fisheries and stocks towards requirements of the fishery standard of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).