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MSC Certificate for Dutch Plaice, Sole Fishermen

Gemma Hyland
24 December 2012, at 12:00am

THE NETHERLANDS - the North Sea plaice and sole fishermen united in the Cooperative Fisheries Organization (CVO, Coperatieve Visserijorganisatie) have achieved certification to the Marine Stewardship Council standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries.

The assessment of the plaice fishery and its Dover sole bycatch was conducted by independent certifier Intertek Moody Marine.

The MSC assessment was part of agreements made in 2008 between the fishing industry, the World Wildlife Fund, the North Sea Foundation and the former Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality on the sustainable development of the North Sea fisheries.

CVOs assessment was part-funded by a certification grant from the Dutch Ministry of Economics, Agriculture and Innovation.