MSC certification

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an independent, international non-profit organisation that has developed an independent third-party certification programme for sustainable fisheries which do not overfish and maintain healthy fish stocks, have low impact on marine life, and are well managed.

PFA holds at the moment a MSC certificate for the sustainable catch of North Sea herring. 

MSC certification for the PFA North Sea herring fishery

Since 2006  PFA has held MSC certification for its North Sea herring fishery and this was the first major European fishery to achieve MSC certification.  Certification was renewed in 2011, which re-confirmed the healthy status of the North Sea herring stock, the moderate impacts on the ecosystem in this fishery by the PFA fleet, and the overall good management system underpinning the North Sea herring fisheries.

Early 2016 the process of recertification for PFA's North Sea herring fishery has started again, as MSC certificates have a validity of 5 years. The current MSC certificate for this fishery expires on 16 October 2022. The PFA shares holds this certificate jointly with the Scottish, Swedish, and Danish pelagic fleets.
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PFA represents the interests of nine European freezer-trawler companies involved in pelagic fishing activities for human consumption.

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