BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The sinking of the Russian trawler Dalny Vostok cannot be used as an example to suggest the entire fishery is not compliant with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard, said the Russian Pollock Catchers Association (PCA) and two major fishing companies.

This comes after a letter was sent by the At-sea Processors Association (APA), the industry body for the US fleet, stating the sinking reveals the Sea of Okhotsk Russian fishery is not meeting the minimum of what is required to be MSC certified, after reports emerged Dalny Vostok sunk with illegal crew onboard.

The APA also called for the MSC and Intertek Fisheries Certification to demand independent verification of any information from the Russian government.

Alexey Buglak, the executive director of the PCA, said the Russian industry is open to this.

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