Tuesday, November 26, 2013

26/11/13: First Estonian prawn fishery certified sustainable

News courtesy of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

An Estonian prawn fishery has achieved Marine Stewardship Council certification following a year-long scientific assessment.

Prawns from the Barents Sea fishery, sold in Scandinavia, throughout Europe, Russia, Japan and China, will now be eligible to bear the MSC ecolabel.

“This is the first Estonian fishery to achieve MSC certification and we look forward to welcoming other fisheries from the Baltic States in the near future,” said Minna Epps, manager for MSC, Baltic Sea region.

MSC certification is a mark of quality and sustainability, confirming that stocks are being properly managed.

With an abundance of Northern prawns (Pandalus borealis) in the Barents Sea, since 2006 total catches in the fishery have been significantly below the permitted levels and the stock level has been close to the maximum that the ecosystem can support throughout the history of the fishery.

“Obtaining the MSC ecolabel for sustainable fishing is a logical step in our approach to the market. Long term sustainability has always been at the heart of our company’s quality strategy, and therefore it was straightforward for us to adopt the MSC standards," said Mati Sarevet, fisheries director, Estonia. 
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English: A heap of Pandalus borealis shrimp. O...
 A heap of Pandalus borealis shrimp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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