Overexploitation in the North East Atlantic
In recent years total combined catches of mackerel, Atlanto-Scandian herring and blue whiting have exceeded scientific recommendations by more than 4.5 million tonnes.
At present, all MSC certificates for these species in the North East Atlantic have been suspended.
Until quota sharing agreements are made between countries in the region, the issue of overexploitation will continue.
The MSC is calling on all states that harvest North East Atlantic mackerel, blue whiting and Atlanto-Scandian herring to make good on their commitment to secure a long-term agreement and protect these stocks into the future.
In 2023 we commissioned a report, which explores the problem and potential solution strategies.