New five-year certification for SA’s hake fishery
South Africa’s hake trawl fishery has been re-certified by the MSC. Image: SADSTIA

New five-year certification for SA’s hake fishery

After an exacting 12-month re-assessment, the South African hake trawl fishery has been certified ‘sustainable’ by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for a fourth five-year period. ‘The South African hake…

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Crewmen from Chinese vessel repatriated, MSC certification withdrawn
Exploited crew of Chinese-owned He Shun 38 have been repatriated and wages paid, while the vessel loses its MSC certification status

Crewmen from Chinese vessel repatriated, MSC certification withdrawn

Following the public highlighting on 16th January by Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) of the case of exploited Indonesian crew of the Chinese-owned, Fijian-flagged He Shun 38 (No.00359), both crewmen are reported…

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Exmouth Gulf prawns MSC re-certified
Australia’s Exmouth Gulf prawn fishery has been re-certified by the MSC

Exmouth Gulf prawns MSC re-certified

Exmouth Gulf, along with the Shark Bay fishery, are the first Australian prawn fisheries to be certified to the MSC’s rigorous Version 2.01 standard (introduced in 2018). Only four tropical…

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Iceland’s lumpfish fishery regains MSC status
Iceland’s lumpfish fishery regains its MSC certification. Image: fiskkaup.is

Iceland’s lumpfish fishery regains MSC status

The small-scale lumpfish fishery based in Iceland has regained its MSC certification, after making the necessary improvements in recent years to meet the science-based standard for sustainable fishing. The initial certificate was…

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MSC suspends pelagic fisheries certification
MSC certification for Atlanto-Scandian herring and blue whiting are suspended from 30th December

MSC suspends pelagic fisheries certification

The lack of effective international quota sharing agreements is cited as the reason for the Marine Stewardship Council’s decision to suspend MSC certification for blue whiting and Atlanto-Scandian herring fisheries…

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MSC certifies Namibian hake fishery
Landing hake from a Namibian trawler. Image: MSC/Oliver Binneman

MSC certifies Namibian hake fishery

MSC certification of Namibia’s hake trawl and longline fishery recognises progress made by the Namibian government and fishing industry in rebuilding hake stocks as it becomes the first fishery in Namibia,…

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MSC: No agreement – No certification
Continued MSC certification for Atlanto-Scandian herring is under threat

MSC: No agreement – No certification

North Atlantic fisheries for Atlanto-Scandian herring are threatened with the loss of crucial MSC certification due to what the MSC sees as longstanding failures to reach international agreement on catch…

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Australia’s eastern tuna and billfish fishery receives MSC certification
The Eastern Tuna and Billfish certification applies to the target species of albacore tuna, yellowfin tuna, bigeye tuna, and swordfish. Image: Tuna Australia

Australia’s eastern tuna and billfish fishery receives MSC certification

One of Australia’s largest fisheries, the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF) has been awarded MSC certification for sustainability, which has been achieved with support from the Australian Government’s Our Marine Parks…

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MSC approves first bluefin fishery
MSC certification has been granted for Usufuku Honten’s Atlantic bluefin fishery, subject to strict requirements

MSC approves first bluefin fishery

Japanese longline bluefin tuna operator Usufuku Honten has formally become the first in the world to achieve certification to the Marine Stewardship Council’s global standard for sustainable fishing, and is…

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