The Chairman of Esbjerg Fishing Association, Jesper Juul Larsen, believes it should.
– Most of Europe is paying more attention to sustainable and environmentally correct fishing, says Jesper Juul Larsen. – In England, large retail chains already require MSC certification of fish and fish products sold in the shops, and in Holland the requirement will be introduced from 2011. Other large chains, such as Carrefour and Coop Italy, are also planning to introduce stricter requirements.
– We therefore have to be able to demonstrate that our fishing is sustainable, as indeed it is, continues Jesper Juul Larsen. – We merely have to decide whether this should be through MSC certification or in some other way. However, as the Marine Stewardship Council, which is behind this certification, has already received as much support as it has, we might as well join it and jump on the bandwagon while there is still time.
Industrial fishing should also be certified as soon as possible
The Chairman of the Fishing Association does not believe certification of Danish fishing, including industrial fishing, will present any problems.
– After all, industrial fishing in particular is now so carefully monitored and also recognised by the EU, for instance, as being on a sustainable basis, says Jesper Juul Larsen. – Very soon, it will be necessary for such fishing to be certified, for when certification is required of for instance salmon and other fish farmed with feed containing fish oil, the requirement will cover the entire production process, i.e. also the catching of industrial fish and the production of fishmeal and fish oil.
999 News No. 2 – 2008