herring fisheries News

  • MSC certificate suspended for Faroese herring fishery

    The MSC certificate for the Faroese Pelagic Organisation (FPO) Atlanto-Scandian herring fishery has been suspended today by certifier Det Norske Veritas (DNV). In an expedited audit, DNV concluded that the Faroese allocation of an independent quota for Atlanto-Scandian herring three times larger than last year’s quota meant that the fishery is now operating under a ‘controversial, ...

  • First herring fishery in Canada achieves MSC certification

    The Newfoundland and Labrador NAFO Division 4R Atlantic herring purse seine fishery has achieved MSC certification, becoming the first herring fishery in Canada to attain ...

  • Stronger Management Of Atlantic Herring Fishery Advances

    Peter Baker, director of the Pew Environment Group's Northeast Fisheries Program and the Herring Alliance, issued the following statement today in response to the New England Fishery Management Council's decision to seek public input on a long-awaited set of proposed regulations that would be included under Amendment 5 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan. ...

  • Swedish herring fisheries earn MSC recertification

    The Swedish herring fishery in the North Sea has achieved its re-certification, and herring products from this fishery can continue to bear the MSC ecolabel. It is the second time that this group of Swedish fishing vessels has been awarded MSC certification, now under the collective group “Swedish Pelagic Federation Producer Organisation” (SPFPO). About the Swedish herring ...

  • Fisheries certification update: November 2013

    Collectively, the fisheries certified since our last newsletter bring an estimated additional 880,000 tonnes of fish into the market with the potential to carry the MSC label. They include whitefish, shellfish, herring form several fisheries and toothfish. Whitefish certifications welcomed by buyers The ...

  • Fishing for sustainable practices to conserve fisheries

    Global fish production has reached an all-time high, according to research done by Nourishing the Planet (www.NourishingthePlanet.org) for the Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs Online publication. Aquaculture, or fish farming—once a minor contributor to total fish harvest—increased 50-fold between the 1950s and 2008 and now contributes nearly ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • MSC certified fisheries delivering environmental improvements

    Whether buying a tin of tuna or a Michelin-starred meal, shoppers choosing MSC-labelled seafood are helping to create a wave of sustainable fishing practices around the world, according to a new report, published today by the Marine Stewardship Council. In the MSC Global Impacts Report 2013, environmental scientists Dr David Agnew and Dr ...

  • Fisheries Council has set fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2014

    On 17 October the EU Fisheries Ministers reached an agreement on the fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2014 – total allowable catches (TAC’s) for certain fish stocks and the fishing effort limits for the Baltic cod stocks. The agreement was reached based on the successful results of negotiations at the regional level. It takes into account the scientific advice and follows ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Baltic Sea fisheries need regulating, say Finnish researchers

    The impact of eutrophication on fish populations was one of the themes of the two-day Baltic Sea Argumenta (Itämeri Argumenta) seminar in Kotka recently. In fishing experiments at the Finnish coast, the carp family has recently taken over as the most abundant species group. The preconditions for the Baltic herring have deteriorated because of eutrophication and lower salinity. In the Gulf of ...

  • UK’s biggest MSC fishery client achieves first recertification

    In a milestone development, the Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group’s (SPSG) North Sea herring fishery has been recertified as a sustainable and well-managed fishery with the prestigious Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel. The recertification makes the herring fishery the only Scottish fishery currently recertified under the MSC programme and industry leaders hope that it will be ...

  • Report Completes Sustainability Map Of England’s 450+ Inshore Fisheries

    UK Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon has welcomed a report on the sustainability of England’s inshore fisheries. Over the past 12 months Project Inshore, led by Seafish, has examined over 450 English Inshore fisheries using the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) sustainability standard as a common benchmark to map the stock, environmental and management status. A summary of the ...

  • Environmental topics at EU Agriculture/Fisheries Council, 26-27 November 2007

    The Agriculture & Fisheries Council will meet in Brussels on Monday 26 (starting at 11 a.m.) and Tuesday 27 November, under the Presidency of Mr Jaime Silva, Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries. Commissioners Mariann Fischer Boel (Agriculture and Rural Development) and Joe Borg (Fisheries and Maritime Affairs) will represent the Commission at the meeting. Ministers are ...

  • Report: two-thirds of depleted fish stocks rebound under federal fisheries law

    Sixty-four percent of once-overfished, monitored fish stocks nationwide have been rebuilt or made significant progress thanks to additional protections added to the federal fisheries law in 1996, according to a report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council. This has translated into an economic boost to segments of the fishing industry, with gross commercial revenues for the ...

  • Knowledge of spatial dynamics is critical when determining harvest strategies for fish in meta-populations

    New research published in the Marine Stewardship Council’s Science Series highlights the importance of understanding spatial structure and connectivity of meta-population fish stocks when assessing the sustainability of fisheries. Unlike many self-sustaining ‘closed’ populations, meta-populations are interconnected networks encompassing a number of distinct sub-populations that ...

  • EU and Norway reach agreement on fishing possibilities for 2008

    On 26 November, the European Commission, negotiating on behalf of the European Union, and Norway agreed on the fishing possibilities for 2008 for the seven main jointly managed fish stocks in the North Sea. The agreement is based on the latest available scientific advice and takes account of the need to ensure sustainable fisheries. For those stocks which are in poor condition (herring, whiting), ...

  • The new Rachel Garson

    The emerging Rachel Garson in Southern Africa is the mascot of Southern African Alternative Energy Association (SAAEA). Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist and nature writer whose writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Carson started her career as a biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time ...

  • UK seals, sea lions and penguins in for a sustainable treat

    Marine Nutrition, the largest supplier of animal feeds to UK Public Aquariums, has received MSC certification to supply certified sustainable seafood to all of its clients. Supplying two thirds of UK aquariums, Marine Nutrition will now be able to offer their new MSC certified sustainable option, Norwegian North Sea herring, to 24 of the 36 public aquariums in the UK as well as several ...

  • MSC welcomes Commonwealth Games Food Charter

    The MSC has welcomed the Commonwealth Games Food Charter, the document that will guide and govern procurement of all food for the 2014 Games in Glasgow. The MSC’s Claire Pescod said: “The Commonwealth Games are going to have a huge impact in Scotland, both as an event and through ethical procurement. This charter is a ringing endorsement of the hard work and dedication of MSC ...

  • Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2014

    The European Commission has tabled its proposal on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2014. This is the annual proposal for the amount of fish which can be caught by EU fishermen from the main commercial fish stocks in the Baltic Sea next year. The proposals are based on scientific advice and aim to make fisheries in the Baltic Sea environmentally and economically sustainable in the ...


    By European Commission

  • Sustainable fishing: the dangers of ignoring sub-stocks

    In Europe, some fisheries have been driven to near collapse - most notably cod stocks in the North Atlantic. A recent study warns of the potential dangers of using a single-management technique across a whole species. Instead, distinct populations should be identified with tailored management techniques where necessary. Over-fishing and a changing climate are placing extreme pressures on many ...

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