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Large Scandinavian fisheries seek MSC certification

Herring fisheries. (Photo Credit: Johan Wildhagen/NSEC)

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015, 23:00 (GMT + 9)
Two large Danish and Swedish fisheries are seeking Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. If successful, they will collectively produce 500,000 metric tonnes of certified sustainable fish.

The collaborative Danish Pelagic Producers Organization (DPPO) and Danish Fishermen Producers Organisation’s (DFPO) sandeel, sprat and Norway pout fishery entered assessment at the end of March.

The Western Baltic spring spawning herring fishery, a joint venture between DPPO, DFPO and the Swedish Pelagic Federation Producers Organization (SPFPO) is also being assessed. The species are fished in the North Sea, Kattegat, Skagerrak and the Western Baltic.

"We are very happy to enter MSC assessment. If we succeed we will be able to provide the market with sustainable sourced fish oil and fishmeal," says Claus Sparrevohn from the DPPO.

The entrance of the western Baltic herring comes as a result of growing demand for MSC certified herring products in Europe. The herring is mainly sold in Denmark and Sweden as well as for the markets in Finland, Germany and Central Europe.

The sandeel, sprat and Norway pout are almost exclusively used for oil and fishmeal for aquaculture. The call for ASC certification in the aquaculture industry is increasing, leading to greater demand for sustainable raw materials. This would be met by MSC certified fishmeal.

An independent certification body, MRAG Americas, will carry out this assessment. 

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