Hastings earns MSC certificate for sustainable management of fisheries – Fishupdate.com

Hastings earns MSC certificate for sustainable management of fisheries Published:  07 October, 2005

THE Hastings mackerel, herring and Dover sole fisheries have been awarded the MSC certificate for sustainable and well-managed fisheries, following a detailed independent scientific assessment, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) announced today.

The announcement comes on the first day of Seafood Week, a UK-wide celebration of seafood and its benefits.

“This is a major achievement by one of the UK’s most historic fishing towns,” said Rupert Howes, the MSC’s Chief Executive. “By committing to sustainable practices, the fishing community of Hastings has made a farsighted investment in its economic future and the marine environment. Today’s announcement also reflects the growing importance of sustainable practices to today’s environmentally-aware consumers.”

Dover sole, mackerel and herring caught in the Hastings fisheries will now be entitled to carry the MSC eco-label on retail packaging or restaurant menus. The MSC eco-label is an easy and sure way for consumers to know that the fish they buy is from a sustainable source.

The certification of the Hastings fisheries brings the total number of MSC-certified fisheries worldwide to 14, with another 18 fisheries undergoing full assessment and a further 10 to 20 fisheries in pre-assessment. Together, this represents four percent of the world’s wild seafood catch.

Certificates are only awarded to fisheries that meet the MSC’s strict environmental standard, based on sustainable fish stocks, a healthy marine environment and effective management.

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