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Mar 13, 2012 10:38 AM by AP

La. blue crab industry gets certification nod

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's blue crab industry is getting the nod from a group that certifies fisheries around the world.

The Marine Stewardship Council says it has certified Louisiana's blue crab industry as sustainable and well-managed. The council is an international non-profit organization that investigates whether a fishery should earn an eco-label. The council says it found Louisiana's blue crab industry deserved its stamp of approval after a recent assessment.

Ewell Smith, the executive director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, said the certification label "brings a new source of pride and confidence in Louisiana seafood."

Blue crabs are harvested by about 3,000 fishermen in Louisiana. Officials say more than 40 million pounds of crab a year are harvested in Louisiana.

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