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NEW BEDFORD — The Marine Stewardship Council, a non-profit organization, made it official Thursday and certified the scallop fishing industry in the United States as sustainable.
 
The certification will allow the 14 member companies of the American Scallop Association to be able to display, for a fee, the blue MSC label on scallops from this fishery and to continue to sell to global customers who require proof of sustainability, according to an association news release.
 
"This is an American fisheries success story," New Bedford fishing industry attorney John Whiteside said in the release. "This certification is further validation for the efforts of an industry which worked together to progress from the brink of oblivion to prosperity."
 
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