Holland America Line was awarded Responsible Fisheries Management certification, officially becoming the first and only cruise line to receive the credential. Holland America Line serves only fresh, certified sustainable and traceable wild Alaska seafood; all six of the line’s ships that sail to Alaska earned the certification following independent audits.
“We applaud Holland America Line for its long-standing commitment to sustainable seafood and its hard work to become the first cruise line to offer RFM certified Alaska seafood,” said Tomi Marsh, Alaska seafood harvester and CSC RFM board member. “Alaska fisheries are highly valued as an integral part of the culture of coastal communities. Thus, fisheries are carefully managed, including input by locals, with a priority for sustainability in a constantly changing ocean in order to ensure that these fisheries are available for the next generation. Holland America Line’s support for RFM not only highlights its dedication to sustainability, but also its dedication to promoting local values.”
RFM, a third-party certification program for wild-capture fisheries, aligns with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, which outlines the most complete set of international standards and practices for wild fisheries. On the RFM ecolabel, details include the product’s origin, sharing with consumers where the food comes from every step of the way.
“Holland America Line has shared Alaska adventures with our guests for 75 years, and supporting sustainable fishing and local business is an important commitment for us,” said Gus Antorcha, president, Holland America Line. “We’ve pledged to buy and serve only local, sustainable, fresh seafood on Alaska voyages, and RFM certification is a crucial step in the commitment to sustainability that we share with our guests and fishing families of Alaska.”
Holland America Line recently partnered with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, both committed to serving sustainably sourced Alaska seafood, as that service has been part of the cruise line’s immersive culinary experiences for years. On its Alaska cruises, the line serves more than 2,000 pounds of Alaska salmon, 1,000 pounds of Alaska cod, 800 pounds of Alaska halibut and more. The cruise line recently rolled out newly created seafood dishes this year in the Dining Room on all six of its Alaskan ships, including Alaskan salmon chop; and roasted fennel-crusted Alaskan halibut.
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