SCOTS MEP WELCOMES DECISION ON FAROESE MACKEREL FISHERY – Fishupdate.com

SCOTS MEP WELCOMES DECISION ON FAROESE MACKEREL FISHERY Published:  15 April, 2011

A Scots Euro MP has welcomed confirmation that the Faroese Pelagic Organisation’s North East Atlantic mackerel fishery will not receive certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), following a decision by independent certifier, Det Norkse Veritas (DNV).

Speaking today from the European Parliament in Brussels, Struan Stevenson, Senior Vice President of the Fisheries Committee said:

“I am delighted that the independent certifier – Det Norkse Veritas has confirmed the Independent Adjudicator’s decision to uphold an objection to the certification of the Faroese Pelagic Organisation’s North East Atlantic mackerel fishery to the Marine Stewardship Council standard.

“The Faroese have blindly followed the bad example set by their larger neighbour Iceland in conducting what amounts to a smash and grab raid on migratory mackerel stocks. Their unilateral decision to catch 150,000 tonnes of mackerel this year, up from 85,000 tonnes in 2010, which was itself an outrageously damaging catch, will do untold damage to the stock.

“Iceland has also unilaterally decided to land 154,825 tonnes of mackerel this year. Considering they landed a total of only 367 tonnes of mackerel in 2005, this is a ridiculous and provocative quota to set for themselves.

“The Faroes and Iceland together are threatening the long term survival of the North East Atlantic mackerel stock by their disgraceful behaviour. They always boast that compared to the EU they have well-managed and sustainable fisheries. Now the intolerable and unsustainable behaviour of the Faroes has been exposed by the decision not to award MSC accreditation to the Faroese mackerel fishery.

“This is sure to be an economic blow to the Faroes, because EU consumers are more and more determined to purchase fish and fish products that come from an accredited and sustainable fishery. The lack of an MSC award will seriously undermine the Faroese mackerel market in Europe.”