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MSC certify maatje fishery

The MSC have just certified the Astrid Fiske North Sea herring fishery - Sweden’s prized ‘maatjes’ herring fishery.

Maatje herring are caught just before their first spawning. So-called after the cured product for which they are used, they are characterised by a distinct level of subcutaneous fat. They fetch a much higher price than ordinary herring.

In total, the fishery catches around 3,000 metric tonnes of herring per year and has a discard level of around 11%.

So that’s around 3330 tons or 15 million fish that will never spawn.

Yet according to the MSC it scored highly against two of their principles – environment – and – fishery management / practice with an overall score of 91 for both.

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