This is a complex issue.
First let's start out with SEAS (http://www.seiners.net) unequivocal and total non-support of MSC from the outset in the late 1990's when then-Gov Knowles administration welcomed the MSC folks in to get the trophy of certifying the worlds best managed commercial fishery-Alaska Salmon. SEAS, under the leadership of Jim Bacon at that time, determined that the short-term, feel good of having the MSC label would be short-lived and would not be worth the longer term of inviting the Eco-terrorists into the fold to wreak havoc on the Alaska brand.
SEAS is, has always been and will always be opposed to MSC. The shine of the MSC label began to come off the wrapper in the early 2000's with MSC finagling and harassment of ADFG managers over breaking down Alaska salmon.....
..... SEAS and PSVOA work together on many fronts. This is not one of them.... http://blog.seiners.net/2013/01/to-msc-or-not-to-msc.html