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Dutch oysters MSC certified

06 Mar 2013

Native oysters and Pacific oysters harvested by two fisheries of the Dutch Oyster Association have received MSC certification.

The oyster fisheries are located in the Dutch North Sea coastal region of the Eastern Scheldt (Oosterschelde) and Lake Grevelingen (Grevelingenmeer). There are about 30 companies and individuals active in these fisheries that together control nearly the whole supply of Dutch oysters.

The oysters are caught by means of a ‘kor’, a special net that scrapes the oysters from the bed. The members of the Dutch Oyster Association catch about 700,000 native oysters and about 35 million Pacific oysters annually. Both fisheries use a Catch and Grow (CAG) system to enhance oyster stocks. There is no TAC as this is an enhanced fishery and the oysters are mainly sold on the Belgian, German, French and Italian market.

Jaap de Rooij, secretary of the Dutch Oyster Association says: “By earning the MSC certificate the Dutch oyster sector has proved that oysters in the Netherlands are harvested in a sustainable way. The sector is very proud to join those species, shell and crustaceans that already have obtained MSC certification.”