herring products sourced from the client group, Barry Group Inc. (BGI), are now
eligible to bear the blue MSC ecolabel.
certified fishery encompasses herring purse seiners targeting Atlantic herring
(Clupea harengus) off the west coast of Newfoundland in the Gulf of St.
Lawrence. The area is managed by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans
(DFO) with the specific area of operation located between Cape Bauld and Cape
Ray in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) Division 4R.
herring in NAFO Division 4R is comprised of two distinct stock components:
spring and fall spawners.The herring purse seine fishery operates April
through December, depending on weather and sea ice conditions. Recent Total
Allowable Catches (TAC) set by the DFO for herring in 4R are 20,000 tonnes and
the MSC certified purse seine fleet component is about 11,000 tonnes.
measures in place include a detailed monitoring and surveillance system, closed
area and season restrictions, minimum landing sizes and avoidance of non-target
species with applied echo sounding technology. Atlantic herring are primarily
exported as cured, frozen, fresh, smoked, roe, sardines and canned. Products
from this fishery are predominantly sold to the United States, Western Europe
Sullivan, senior vice president of BGI, said, “The certification of this
fishery to the MSC standard is the culmination of the hard work and
collaboration of the fishers, the Barry Group and the DFO management teams. It demonstrates the strong commitment of the Newfoundland and Labrador
herring purse seine fishery to operate in a sustainable manner to protect
livelihoods, minimise ecosystem impact and maintain stock abundance for this
and future generations.”