Norwegian prawns celebrate MSC certification at Brussels

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ESE, Brussels: Today the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) jointly celebrated the MSC certification of the Norwegian North East Arctic cold water prawn fishery. At the MSC booth, certifier Det Norske Veritas (DNV) presented the certificate to the NSC Communication Advisor Ingrid Dahl Skarstein and Norwegian seafood companies.

About the fishery
The Norwegian prawn fishery takes place all year around along the Norwegian coastline, up near Svalbard and in the Barents Sea where both small inshore vessels and larger ocean-going vessels between them catch around 20.000 tonnes annually. The stock is shared with other nations but the Norwegian fleet, which comprises 89 vessels, catches around 90 per cent of the total catch. Europe is the main market for the fishery and both fresh and frozen prawns are sold in Sweden, the UK, Denmark, Finland, Italy and France.

The Norwegian prawn fishery successfully completed the assessment against the MSC standard for sustainable fishing just before the ESE. Certifier DNV found that the cold water prawn stock in the Barents Sea is in excellent shape, that exploitation levels are moderate to low, and that the impacts of this fishery on other species and the ecosystem in the Barents Sea are limited. The fishery received three conditions of certification, one of which asks for the adoption of a harvest control rule for Barents Sea prawns.

“Norwegian fisheries management world-class”
Camiel Derichs, MSC Deputy Director Europe, hosting the press event said: “Norwegian fisheries management is world-class and this is demonstrated through MSC certification of many of the key commercial fisheries. More than 75 per cent of the export value of Norwegian wild -caught seafood is now MSC certified.  I congratulate these fisheries on an excellent result and look forward to working with our partners in Norway in the years to come to add value to sustainable seafood.”

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