Newfoundland herring purse seine fishery enters MSC assessment

28 Apr 2010
Barry Group Inc. (BGI) has entered its herring purse seine fishery into MSC assessment

Barry Group Inc. (BGI) has entered its herring purse seine fishery into MSC assessment

Barry Group Inc. (BGI) has entered its herring purse seine fishery into assessment under the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) certification program.

The fishery under assessment will encompass all herring purse seiners targeting Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) off the west coast of Newfoundland (NAFO Division 4R). Herring in 4R is comprised of two distinct stock components: spring and fall spawners.While the herring fishery is open year round, operation of the fleet is in part dependent on weather and sea ice conditions. Seasonal opening dates are identified on the condition of license issued annually at the time of permit renewal. Recent Total Allowable Catches set by the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans for herring in 4R are 20,000 tonnes and the purse seine fleet component is about 11,000 tonnes.

Bill Barry, president of the Barry Group says: “Our company is pleased to be entering the MSC certification process for this important herring stock. The company was founded in 1854 on the basis of this stock so we have a vested interest to be responsible stewards of this resource. It is a win-win-win for the stock, our company and our employees.”

The assessment will be carried out by independent certifier Moody Marine Limited. It is anticipated that the assessment will be completed within 12 months.

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