Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

Prawns, cod, haddock and saithe are certified as sustainable species by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). This is the world's leading, most recognised, independent certification and eco-labelling programme for fishing wild-caught fish. The MSC's Fisheries Certification Programme and Environmental Seafood Label certify and reward sustainable fishing. The MSC is a global organisation which works with fisheries, seafood companies, researchers, environmental protection groups and the public authorities in order to promote the most environment-friendly seafood. It does this by identifying and creating market motivation for well-managed, sustainable fisheries.
 
Fishing for north-east Arctic saithe was approved in 2008, while north-east Arctic cod and haddock were certified in 2010. Cold-water prawns were certified in 2012 and this confirms that the Barents Sea is a healthy, productive, maritime ecosystem.
 
There are three principles which all fisheries have to comply with:
 
1. Sustainable fish stocks
Fishing must take place at a level which is sustainable for stocks. A certified fishery must ensure that resources are not exploited.
2. Minimising the environmental impact
Fishing operations should be carried out to maintain the structure, productivity, function and diversity of the ecosystem.
3. Effective management
Fisheries must comply with all local, national and international legislation. A management system must be in place so that they can respond to changing circumstances and maintain sustainability.
                                                   
                                                    For further information about the MSC, please refer to MSC's website.
 
KRAV
Fishing for cod, haddock, saithe and deep-water prawns in the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea is KRAV-approved. KRAV is Sweden's most well-known environmental label for organic food. Certification means that the stocks are sustainable and that fishing takes place using equipment that limits secondary catches and fish which are below the minimum size.
 
Friends of Sea
Friend of the Sea is an international certification for products derived from sustainable fisheries. Fishing for deep-water prawns in the north-east Atlantic has been approved as being sustainable. This approval means that stocks have not been over-fished, that there have been no secondary catches of species threatened with extinction, that no damage has been caused to the seabed and that fishing has taken place in compliance with current regulations.