Anglo-German fisheries MSC certified

Anglo-German cod, haddock and saithe fisheries have achieved MSC certification Anglo-German cod, haddock and saithe fisheries have achieved MSC certification

The North East Arctic cod, haddock and saithe fisheries fished by UK Fisheries Ltd and the German companies DFFU and Doggerbank, have been MSC certified.

Subject to Chain of Custody traceability, products from these fisheries are now eligible to bear the MSC ecolabel. The certification will have a particular effect in the UK, where the majority of the fisheries’ cod is sold each year.

Nigel Atkins, chairman of the UK Fisheries Group said: “We warmly welcome the certification of these fisheries. The certification of the cod fishery will be particularly important in helping to rebuild consumer confidence in the sustainability of cod stocks.”

The fish are caught using demersal otter trawls and supply mostly frozen-at-sea whole-fish or frozen fillets to their markets. They also capable of supplying fresh fish subject to market demand.

The fisheries attracted only one condition of certification – on the environmental impacts of the fishery. However, in its report, the certifier noted a new Norwegian regulation for the protection of vulnerable benthic habitats in Norwegian waters. This “…provides for some of the strictest protection of benthic habitats from trawl impacts anywhere in the world. The regulation requires that any evidence of impacts on corals or sponges (i.e. presence in the trawl) be reported, with a move-on rule of two nautical miles if there is evidence of an ‘encounter’…”

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