FIUN fishery MSC certified

25 Jun 2013
FIUN fishermen with catch of the day, FIUN ©

FIUN fishermen with catch of the day, FIUN ©

The Fishing Industry Union of the North (FIUN) Barents and Norwegian Seas cod and haddock fishery has been MSC certified.

The fishery comprises 31 vessels ranging from 34m-94m, fishing year round. Fishing takes place inside the Barents and Norwegian seas at ICES Areas Ia,Ib, IIa and IIb; within coastal waters inside the Norwegian and Russian Exclusive Economic Zones, and international waters. 37 per cent of the total fishery volume of the Murmansk region can be subscribed to the FIUN fishery.

Olga Pokrovskaya, FIUN coordinator for the certification process says: “Now that we have acquired the MSC certificate, we have every right to feel ourselves full members of the world trade society. The Barents Sea has always been the pride of our region and the meaning of life for us. Our main target is to preserve its resources for generations to come. That is why we pay this much attention to being a sustainable fishery. We are delighted to become MSC certified and look forward continuing our business and saving the biological diversity of our region.”

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