Scottish North Sea haddock remains MSC certified — Marine Stewardship Council
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Scottish North Sea haddock remains MSC certified

Mar 17, 2017

The Scottish North Sea haddock fishery remains MSC certified despite concerns raised in the media due to fluctuating stocks. The fishery has strong management in place and has responded to ensure that catches remain sustainable.

“The Scottish haddock fishermen have already worked with the government to set lower quotas in response to the latest scientific advice", said James Simpson of the Marine Stewardship Council. "In fact they’ve set their catches even lower than the recommendations. It’s a bold move to protect the haddock stock for the long term. This is a great example of a responsible reactive management responding to fluctuations in stock status and that’s exactly what MSC certification is about: long-term sustainability. You can still choose MSC certified Scottish haddock for your Friday night fish and chips with a clean conscience.

“I’ll be choosing MSC labelled Scottish haddock tonight for my fish and chip supper knowing that it’s been caught by responsible fishermen with sustainable management that’s been checked and monitored by the world’s most rigorous scientific test of sustainability.”  

How MSC certified fisheries respond to fluctuating fish stocks:

Read the assessment documents for North Sea haddock >

Find out more about the MSC's requirements for sustainable fishing >

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