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18th Apr 13Managed by Chatham House
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Young's helps fish producer achieve Marine Stewardship Council certification
Leading seafood company Young's is being praised for becoming the first ever European fish producer to help a Scottish fishery achieve the Marine Stewardship Council certification as a sustainable and well-managed fishery.
Through a rigorous, independent assessment process, certification of the Stornoway Western Isles Langoustine Fishery was supported and financially sponsored by Young's which along with its sister business, The Seafood Company, employs over 1,500 people in Scotland. Young's, which has invested £1-million in the fishery, buys around £2.5-million worth of langoustine from Stornoway each year.
Young's Marketing Director Yvonne Adam said: "Langoustine is already the UKs most valuable fishery catch and key fisheries like Stornoway need to demonstrate their sustainability not just because it is the right thing to do but in order to properly compete in today's market."
Iain Murray, skipper of the Comrade, who together with Murdo Macdonald of the Sharon Rose, has played a key role in the MSC certification process, commented: "Coming from a family that has been involved in prawn fishing here since the early 60s, I have a keen interest in creating an environment for low impact, sustainable fishing. Achieving MSC certification has therefore been close to my heart and I'm delighted that the efforts of both the fishermen and Young's have been rewarded."
MSC chief executive Rupert Howes added: "Young's and the Stornoway fleet have shown how companies in the supply chain can work in partnership with fisheries to achieve MSC certification and also that MSC assessments can be completed within 12 months."
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