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18th Apr 13Managed by Chatham House
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First cod fishery receives MSC certificate
London Welcoming the announcement by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) of the worlds first certified sustainable cod fishery in the North Pacific, WWF is urging the EU to improve European fisheries management or risk losing out to competitors.
The freezer longline Pacific cod fishery in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska has become the first cod fishery to obtain MSC certification for being a sustainable and well-managed. Cod from this fishery will now be entitled to carry the MSC eco-label on retail packaging or on restaurant menus.
While retailers and consumers demand for sustainable fisheries is increasing, over 99 per cent of all MSC-certified fish come from waters outside Europe. The MSC-certified Pacific cod fishery alone will produce five times as much fish as all MSC-certified fisheries in Europe.
Massive overfishing in Europe means that European consumers have to depend mainly on non-EU sources for sustainable seafood, says Carol Phua, Fisheries Policy Officer at WWF. Unless the EU finally starts improving fisheries management in Europe, European fisheries will be put out of business by the competition.
The Pacific cod certification follows the announcement earlier this week by Walmart that it will purchase all of its wild-caught fresh and frozen fish for the North American market from MSC-certified fisheries within the next three to five years, further increasing global demand for certified fish. At present 86 per cent of MSC-certified fish comes from the Americas and 4.7 per cent from Oceania.
For more information contact:
Fisheries Policy Officer
WWF European Policy Office
Tel: +32 2 740 0928
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