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Sustainable Interest Leads To FCI Assessments

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EUROPE - Food Certification International (FCI) is currently engaged in a wide range of certification assessments for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard in northern Europe, underlining the surge of interest from the seafood sector for the certification of fisheries as being sustainable and responsibly managed.

Over recent weeks FCI has certified Danish, Swedish and German based clients fishing Eastern Baltic cod as being a sustainable fishery against the MSC Sustainable Fishing Standard, and it is anticipated that a further German based client fishing Baltic cod, Kustenfischer Nord eG Heiligenhafen, will soon follow.

Meanwhile, FCI has now begun the assessment process for the MSC certification of Dutch North Sea ensis (razorshell) and Dutch Waddenzee and Oosterschelde hand raked cockles. Assessments for a number of other fisheries are also in the pipeline.

Martin Gill, managing director of FCI, said: We are delighted that our expertise in assessment and certification is being recognised by a wide range of different operators in the international fisheries sector."

FCI has worked hard to develop a competent and experienced team to carry out these challenging assessments in a cost effective and timely manner. The satisfaction that has been expressed by our existing clients is being translated into an increasing number of recommendations to use FCI to carry out these sustainable fishing assessments.