Norwegian fisheries for Norway pout, sandeel and brisling have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council, which brings more than 90% of Norwegian wild fisheries under MSC certification.
Norges Fiskarlag is the responsible client under the MSC certification and the process has been funded by the Norwegian Seafood Council and Norges Sildesalgslag.
The certification of these three species that are caught primarily for fishmeal brings more than 400,000 tonnes of Norwegian fish annually under MSC certification.
‘We are pleased that with these three new species, as well as blue whiting, we have certification for such a large volume of our annual quota, said Norges Fiskarlag’s director Kjell Ingebrigtsen.
The assessment process was carried out over a period of a year by certification body DNV GL.
‘More and more markets require certification. In recent years, we have made efforts to meet the current and increasing requirements for certification, and now the majority of the Norwegian fisheries are certified,’ Kjell Ingebrigtsen said.