More Northern Ireland fisheries enter assessment

The Northern Ireland Pelagic Sustainability Group (NIPSG) Irish Sea-Atlantic mackerel, west of Scotland herring and North Sea herring fisheries have entered into Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) full assessment.

If successful, this will more than double the number of MSC certified fisheries in Northern Ireland.

The mackerel and herring are targeted using three pelagic trawler vessels – Voyager, Stephanie M and Havilah - providing fresh and frozen product into UK and EU markets. These vessels are each between 49-75m long and equipped with state of the art technology allowing the fishery to be very precise with species it catches. This means the fishery has little or no bycatch, thanks to the use of sonar, net and catch monitors, and has no contact with the seabed.

"We are very keen to expand our MSC certification even further within Northern Ireland fisheries," said Alan McCulla, chief executive of the Anglo-North Irish FPO and Secretary to the NIPSG. "The Irish Sea herring fishery is already MSC certified. It would be fantastic to bring mackerel and two other herring fisheries on board as well."

Claire Pescod, UK & Ireland Fisheries Outreach Manager added: "Entering 3 fisheries into MSC assessment and more than doubling the number of Northern Irish fisheries in the MSC programme shows NIPSG’s commitment to ensuring sustainable pelagic fisheries and helping meet the market demand for independently verifiable sustainable seafood. I wish them well in the assessment."

The assessment of the three fisheries is expected to take between 12-20 months and will be conducted by independent certifier, Food Certification International (FCI).

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