Atlanto-Scandian herring awarded MSC

THE Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group’s (SPSG) Atlanto-Scandian herring fishery has been certified as a sustainable and well-managed fishery under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard.

Herring taken from this fishery are now eligible to bear the MSC eco label.  The assessment was carried out by independent certifier Food Certification International.

SPSG pelagic trawlers fitted with the latest refrigerated seawater tank systems catch Atlanto-Scandian herring over a large area of the northeast Atlantic.  The UK has a quota of 20,600 tonnes for 2010, which is around 1.4% of the Total Allowable Catch for the Atlanto-Scandian herring stock.  Much of this is taken in February, the main fishing season, with the remainder caught in the autumn.

SPSG Company Secretary, Derek Duthie said: “The Atlanto-Scandian herring fishery has become increasingly important to the Scottish pelagic industry in recent years as the large biomass has led to healthy quotas.  It is one of our top three fisheries, and for many fishermen it is their second fishery in terms of quota allowance.  SPSG mackerel and North Sea herring stocks already carry the MSC eco-label and it was important to us that Atlanto-Scandian herring achieve the same standard, to demonstrate our continued commitment to sustainable fishing.”

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