MSC certificate holders reaches 2000

28 Mar 2012
There are now 2000 MSC Chain of Custody certificate holders

There are now 2000 MSC Chain of Custody certificate holders

Finefish, a Norwegian processor offering a range of fresh and frozen seafood products, has become the 2000th MSC Chain of Custody certificate holder.

Finefish can now sell its cod, haddock and saithe products as MSC certified, and use the blue MSC ecolabel on its packaging.

The number of MSC Chain of Custody certificate holders has increased rapidly since 2009 - by August 2009, 10 years after the launch of the MSC program, there were 1000 Chain of Custody certificates in force. Fewer than three years later this number has now doubled. 

Camiel Derichs, MSC European deputy director comments: “I’m delighted to welcome Finefish as the 2000th MSC Chain of Custody-certified company into the MSC program. Since the Norwegian cod and haddock fisheries were certified late 2011, we have witnessed a significant increase in the number of Chain of Custody certificate holders in Norway. They join a market for certified sustainable seafood which is of growing global significance as well as being important to the Norwegian seafood sector.” 

Jan Erik Myrseth, sales director at Finefish says: “We started the process around the MSC certification in the end of summer 2011 after close discussions with our most important customers. They made it clear that the MSC ecolabel would be essential in the upcoming Skrei season running from January to the end of April. And indeed it has been. Together with the quality focus we have on our products it has become clear that the MSC certification has been crucial for the increasing volumes we have exported of a wide variety of Skrei products this winter.”

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