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ESE - Sustainability Certificate for Scottish Industry

26 April 2012, at 1:00am

SCOTLAND - European Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki presented the Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group with its fourth Marine Stewardship Council certification at the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels on Wednesday.

The MSC certification was awarded to the West Scotland Herring Fishery and now means that 95 per cent of the Scottish fishery is certified as sustainable.

The Commissioner praised the Scottish fishermen for fishing the herring stocks in the region in a sustainable way.

"It is something that has got to be spread around Europe," said Ms Damanaki.

"It proves it can be done and it is not just a romantic illusion."

She said that there is an impression that the commission has to make a choice between the fish and the fishermen, but she said that the success of the Scottish fishing industry to achieve MSC certification for their stocks proves that "we can have both".

The certification means that now 220,000 tonnes of Scottish mackerel and herring fished in the Scottish waters is certified as sustainable.

"It is a huge achievement for the Scottish pelagic industry," said chairman of the Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group, John Goodlad.

"The Scottish pelagic industry can be seen as a world leader in sustainability and pelagic management."

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