Increased supply of MSC certified Scottish haddock

01 Jun 2016
MSC certified Scottish haddock supplies improve with new certification Photo: @SeafoodScottish

MSC certified Scottish haddock supplies improve with new certification Photo: @SeafoodScottish

Members of the Scottish Seafood Association (SSA) have worked together to increase the supply of MSC certified Scottish seafood throughout the UK supply chain.

Through the MSC’s Group Chain of Custody scheme, four SSA member processors are now able to supply MSC certified haddock, saithe and mackerel, as well as other MSC certified species.

The processors are; Fraser Ltd, G&J Jack Seafoods Fraserburgh Ltd, R W Henderson Ltd and Sustainable Seafoods Peterhead Ltd.

David Leiper, chairman of SSA, said: “Receiving MSC certification for SSA is a fantastic thing and it just shows that the industry is moving forward and becoming more sustainable.”

“It shows what SSA offers. The group scheme allows the smaller businesses to have the opportunity to offer MSC certified fish.”

This was done is response to a high demand for the supply of MSC certified Scottish haddock. It means that small and medium sized processors, who supply smaller businesses, particularly the fish and chip shop sector, can benefit through a cheaper group-certification model.

Craig Henderson of R W Henderson, added: “Clients have requested MSC certified fish from us. MSC certification will help us with future clients.”

“Previously, we were unable to supply MSC certified species to the fish and chip shop sector but now this is an area we are able, and would like, to get into. We plan to supply directly now and cut out the middleman.”

The SSA group certification was funded by Seafood Scotland via the Scottish Seafood Partnership.

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