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18th Apr 13Managed by Chatham House
Financed by DEFRA
South Georgia icefish fishery seeks MSC certification
A South Georgia fishery has become the 50 th fishery currently undergoing public full assessment under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries.
Council (MSC) standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries. The South Georgia icefish trawl fishery, managed by Seaview Ltd, is seeking certification that, if successful, will allow its catch to bear the MSC's widely recognized ecolabel indicating sustainable, environmentally responsible fishing practices.
The South Georgia icefish (Champsocephalus gunnari) fishery is a pelagic trawl fishery that catches up to 2,000 tons per year and is primarily exported to markets in Eastern Europe. Icefish has a subtle flavour with fine white flesh and a firm texture when cooked.
"MSC certification is vital to the success of this fishery and the industry," says Dick Sawle, Managing Director of Seaview Ltd "We believe we have a great product with a lot of potential and having MSC certification will lead to improved markets. It's a fascinating fish in that is caught in what are often extreme conditions, working in a hostile but pristine environment - as far south as you can get."
The assessment begins this month and is expected to take about a year to complete. It is being conducted by independent, certifier Moody Marine.
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