The Fishing Industry Union of the North (FIUN) Barents and Norwegian Seas cod and haddock fishery announced today that the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has issued its certification to the fishery.
Products from the fishery will now carry the MSC ecolabel, according to a statement from the MSC. The fishery uses 31 vessels which fish year-round. The fishery serves the Norwegian and Russian economic zones, providing about 37 percent of the total fishery volume for the Murmansk region of Russia.
“This fishery benefits from sound management of the Barents Sea cod and haddock resources by Russian and Norwegian Authorities,” said Camiel Derichs, MSC regional director in Europe. “This results in healthy stock levels and moderate fishing pressure.”
Fishery officials said sustainable fishing practices have always been a priority.
“The Barents Sea has always been the pride of our region and the meaning of life for us,” said Olga Pokrovskaya, FIUN coordinator for the certification process. “Our main target is to preserve its resources for generations to come.”