The Importance of SPSG’s MSC Recertification

29 August, 2013
Lesley Hamilton

Earlier in the year, following an MSC Fisheries inspection from FCI, the Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group’s (SPSG) North Sea Herring Fishery was recertified for the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Ecolabel.

This award was of particular note because it makes the SPSG Herring Fishery the only current Scottish fishery to have received recertification from MSC.

To help celebrate this landmark event, FCI and a number of others from the industry were invited to attend a re-certification ceremony followed by a celebratory lunch on-board the fishery’s Lunar Bow.

Docked at its home harbour of Peterhead, the Lunar Bow was certainly a very impressive vessel to hold the event on. The captain and crew were very welcoming and obviously took pride in their vessel. Among those in attendance were Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead and MSC Chief Executive Officer Rupert Howes. SPSG’s Secretary Ian Gatt  was on hand to receive their new certificate handed over by Richard Lochhead during the re-certification ceremony and then joined the invitees for a lunch of freshly caught and fully MSC certified Scottish herring.

This event, though undoubtedly good fun, was less of a publicity exercise and more of a genuine celebration of an important landmark, not just for the Scottish fishing industry, but the MSC Ecolabel too.

Passing an MSC audit isn’t easy, but those successfully assessed, not only stand to help improve the marine environment, but will also enjoy a number of benefits as the label continues to grow in international importance and stature.

As Scotland’s only recertified fishery, it is our hope that this recertification acts as a catalyst for others to follow SPSG and get involved in the MSC Fisheries standard.

To find out more about how FCI can help provide your business with the MSC fisheries audit you need please contact our Fisheries team on 01463 223 039. 

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