THE Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group (SPSG) has entered its West of Scotland herring pelagic trawl fishery into MSC assessment – if successful, it will mean that all of the SPSG’s key landings will be MSC certified as they already hold MSC certificates for its North Sea herring, Atlanto-Scandian herring and North East Atlantic mackerel fisheries.
In total, the fisheries land around 200,000 tonnes of fish accounting for over 98% of pelagic quota by volume and value
The SPSG was established in 2007 in response to an increasing demand from buyers and represents all sectors of Scotland’s pelagic industry, from catching and processing, through to marketing; the SPSG represent all of Scotland and Northern Ireland’s 28 pelagic trawlers.
According to John Goodlad, SPSG Chairman : “At our recent board meeting the directors unanimously agreed to enter the West of Scotland herring fishery for full MSC assessment. SPSG are fully committed to the MSC process, with the aim of having all the main Scottish pelagic fisheries certified.