The High Seas Fish Producers Organisation in Poland has received the Ocean Hero Fishery award for its contributions to sustainable fisheries at the MSC awards in Warsaw.
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) celebrated its ten-year anniversary in Poland at the official ceremony of the MSC awards in Warsaw earlier this month. During the ceremony, awards were presented to companies and organisations that have made ‘outstanding contributions to the promotion of sustainable fisheries’ in Poland. The Ocean Hero Fishery award went to the High Seas Fish Producers Organisation (DOPR).
Emil Remisz, from the DOPR office in Warsaw, accepted the award on behalf of DOPR. DOPR’s CEO Bogusław Szemioth commented that referring to fishing activity as the extraction of resources is a common mistake.
‘Fishery is a harvesting activity. This is a fundamental distinction. Harvesting means deriving a renewable source of food from nature. That’s why it is in everyone’s interest to maintain an appropriate balance, allowing the long-term harvesting of fish in the frame of a sustainable fishery,’ Bogusław Szemioth said.
‘We aim to preserve the capital in the sea and repetitive use of the interests. This is an important message to all stakeholders and final consumers of the supply chain. Having said that, we would like to emphasise our gratitude for the MSC contribution to the promotion of fishery products meeting this standard.’