MSC certification for Icelandic cod, haddock
Icelandic Group PLC on Tuesday achieved Marine Stewardship Council certification for all of its cod and haddock originating from Iceland.
The Icelandic Group Cos. — which in the United Kingdom comprise Seachill, Coldwater and Icelandic UK — will now be able to sell MSC-labelled cod and haddock from Iceland. All gear types are included — trawled, line caught and seine net — and the total allowable catch is 160,000 metric tons for cod and 50,000 metric tons of haddock annually.
“We’re delighted to receive MSC certification, following an extremely rigorous process involving peer reviews within the public consultation process. Iceland has a long and proud history of supplying high quality fish, and now with the independent certification of the Marine Stewardship Council, it can be sold as sustainable,” said Lárus Ásgeirsson, CEO of Icelandic Group.
“The decision to undergo MSC certification for Iceland cod and haddock was market driven and is a clear sign to our customers that we are committed to the highest levels of sustainability possible,” he added. “This is an outstanding result for Icelandic Group as a whole and for our companies.”