Eco-Labeled Fish On Way To Consumers

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
24 February 2010, at 12:00am

DENMARK - Eco-labeled fish such as Danish cod, plaice and Saithe (coley) are available to consumers throughout the year, demonstrating that the fish have been harvested with consideration to the environment and sustainability.

The whole Danish fishing industry is working towards becoming internationally recognised with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) label.

Danish mackerel, mussels and herring are already certified, whilst it is expected that cod, plaice and Saithe will become certified this year.

The Danish Food Ministry has worked with and supported the fish industry in the development of environmental labeling for the benefit of fisheries and consumers.

Agriculture Minister Eva Kjer Hansen said: "Environmental labeling gives consumers better information about fishing and gives the fishermen an extra incentive to take care of nature when fishing. Denmark is one the world's largest exporting countries of fish and therefore it is quite true that Danish fishing should have an internationally recognised labeling system.

Currently four out of the total 61 MSC-certified fisheries in the world are Danish.