Faroese ling and tusk fishery achieves MSC certification

Faroese ling and tusk MSC certified The certification for Faroese ling and tusk fisheries applies exclusively to JFK and Kósin vessels fishing on Faroe Bank and the Faroe Plateau

Catches of ling and tusk caught by longliners and trawlers fishing for Faroese companies JFK and Kósin can now carry the blue MSC tick after the assessment process for the fishery was concluded with certification.

This is the third certificate for these species, after the certification of ling and tusk fisheries in Iceland and Norway.

The fishery client, Klaksvík-based JFK, entered the fishery into MSC assessment in August 2017 and the process took 14 months. It was carried out by auditor DNV GL using MSC’s updated Fisheries Standard v2.0. Produce from this fishery can now be sold globally carrying the blue MSC label.

This fishery operates in the Faroe Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the Faroe Plateau and Faroe Bank, within ICES Division Vb1 and Vb2.

This is a mixed fishery in which annual landings of tusk and ling have been in the vicinity of 2500 and 5500 tonnes respectively, with global catches over the last decade for those species at around 35,000 to 45,000 tonnes of ling and 20,000 to 30,000 tonnes of tusk.

Fish under this MSC certificate are primarily caught with demersal trawl and longline, and also some jigging. Main markets for ling and tusk are the saltfish markets such as those in Portugal, Spain and Italy. The salted product can either be purchased as fillets or butterflied.

“This fishery certification is another confirmation that JFK demonstrate leadership in bringing new fisheries in the Faroe into the MSC program. This fishery is certified with conditions, like most newcomers in the program, and we look forward to following the continuous improvements process. By getting this fishery certified as sustainable and well managed against the MSC Standard we hope it will be well received in the main salt fish markets in southern Europe where product from those species are primarily consumed,” said MSC Senior Programme Manager, North-Atlantic, Gísli Gíslason

“For years it has been a key priority for JFK to lead the way for Faroese seafood companies to achieve international recognition for our sustainable fisheries,” added JFK Sales & Operations Director Jógvan Hansen.

“To base our value creation solely on certifiably sustainable fisheries is our vision. We want to hand our renewable sea resources in as good as or better shape than when we received it from our forefathers. That is sustainability for JFK. We prioritised ling and tusk, since we have experienced increasing sustainability awareness from the customer groups in South Europe.”

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