Scottish caught mackerel IS sustainable

Despite the recent negative press regarding mackerel, the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association wants to reassure consumers that Scottish caught mackerel is sustainable and meets all of the Marine Conversation Society’s sustainability credentials.

In January the MCS removed mackerel from its ‘Fish to Eat’ list, following overfishing of the stock and the subsequent suspension of the north east Atlantic stock’s Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

The most recent MCS advice recommends that consumers should buy their mackerel from sustainable sources, including suppliers who are signatories to the principles of the Mackerel Industry Northern Sustainability Alliance (MINSA). All Scottish mackerel fishing vessels and processors are signed up to MINSA and indeed played a significant role in drawing up the MINSA plan.

Ian Gatt, chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association said: “Following the recent media publicity about mackerel and sustainability, we feel it is important to highlight to consumers that they can buy Scottish caught mackerel safe in the knowledge that it is a sustainable choice as it does in fact meet the credentials as outlined by MCS. As well as being sustainable, mackerel tastes great and is good for your health because it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which makes it the perfect choice for consumers.”

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