Norwegian saithe fisheries recertified

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has recertified the Norwegian North East Arctic and North Sea saithe fisheries for another five years.

The Norwegian saithe fisheries were the first fisheries from Norway to obtain MSC certification in June 2008. Fishing takes place year round using demersal trawl, gill nets, hook and line, purse seines and Danish seines. The main products are fresh and frozen loins and fillets for the EU market.

Camiel Derichs, MSC Regional Director Europe noted the developments that have taken place in the Norwegian saithe fisheries since they were first engaged in the MSC programme in 2006.

Additional research on bottom impacts of these fisheries has been conducted, and understanding about bycatch and interaction with Endangered Threatened Protected (ETP) species has further improved. The stock status of North Sea cod as bycatch in the North Sea saithe fishery is improving, and as part of the current certification it is anticipated that such improvements will continue to be made where appropriate.

“These developments and the recertification are testament to the commitment from the Norwegian industry to assure sustainability in their fisheries, and to verify and communicate this aspect of these fisheries through the most robust and credible option available”, said Mr Derichs.

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