Ireland: Support for seafood eco-labelling – Fishupdate.com

Ireland: Support for seafood eco-labelling Published:  17 April, 2007

John Browne

IRELAND’S fisheries minister John Browne has expressed strong support for seafood eco-labelling initiatives.

During a debate at the European Council of Ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg yesterday, Minister Browne expressed Ireland’s strong support for initiatives to ensure that fish products carry eco-friendly labelling.

He said that eco labelling and quality schemes are an important tool for supporting the seafood industry and that this measure will help to deliver increased value in seafood production through support for sustainable production practices and responsiveness to the market.

Minister Browne said: “Ireland welcomes the proposal particularly in the context of our objectives under the National Development Plan Seafood Development Measure 2007-2013, and the recent report of the Strategy Review Group headed by Dr Noel Cawley, both of which emphasise the importance of striving for higher sustainable value generation along the chain from sea to table.

“Eco-labelling will provide opportunities for fishermen who are engaged in eco-friendly and sustainable fishing to ensure that this is reflected in the marketplace.”

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