As part of our commitment to sustainability, North Atlantic, Inc. has aligned with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI). GMRI is an independently funded research organization based in Portland, Maine. GMRI scientists develop stock assessment and management tools for fisheries and are internationally recognized for their work in ecosystem management. To guide our sustainability policies North Atlantic, Inc. uses a working definition of sustainability adopted by the GMRI Sustainable Seafood Initiative.
The GMRI working definition of Sustainable is as follows:
Harvested at a level that enables utilization while maintaining its availability for present and future generations. This includes the following:
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- Stock is managed by competent authorities and has a management plan in place that incorporates a science-based approach to ensure sustainability.
- If stock sizes are below management target levels, whether due to natural or man-made causes, management plans are established that enable rebuilding within a specified timeframe.
- Sufficient data exists to determine appropriate harvest levels or practices.
- Monitoring and compliance measures are in place to ensure that harvest levels are maintained within acceptable limits.
- Enforcement exists to ensure that harvesters follow regulations, and to prevent illegal practices and unreported harvest.