UK fish leaders at successful Iceland fishing conference –

UK fish leaders at successful Iceland fishing conference Published:  04 February, 2011

A HIGHLY  successful conference on fishing prospects around Iceland was held in London yesterday, and attended by more than 60 people including fishing leaders on the Humber.

Also among participants in the conference were  purchasing representatives from all the major supermarket chains in Britain, UK fishing MPs  and the British Ambassador to Iceland. Among the MPs present was Grimsby’s Austin Mitchell.

The conference was a collaborative effort by the Icelandic Trawler Owners Federation (LIU), the Iceland Chamber of Commerce and the Iceland Embassy in London. The core of the conference centred around the  introduction of certification for responsible management of the Icelandic cod stock. Britain and the Humber markets in particular are major purchasers of Icelandic cod. The conference was presented by Dr Christian Borarinsson, an ecological engineer for the Icelandic Trawler Owners Federation (and Peter Marshall, a director of the Global Trust Certification).

The conference was told that Icelandic fisheries management met ethical guidelines and the requirements of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation.

In December, Icelandic cod received certification according to the FAO-ISO based Iceland Responsible Fisheries Management Certification Programme. This was seen as an important, and historic milestone for the country’s seafood industry and confirmation that the fishery for the nation’s most valuable stock is being well managed.

Johan Sigurjonsson, chief executive of the Marine Research Institute talked yesterday in positive terms about the outlook for cod, haddock, pollack and other fish stocks.

B. Eggert Gudmundsson, chief executive of HB Grandi, one of Iceland’s largest trawler firms, spoke about the marketing label of origin of the Icelandic cod stock and how it would  impact on the future marketing of Icelandic seafood.

The conference was chaired by the Icelandic Ambassador to Britain, Benedikt Jonsson.