MSC for Danish North Sea cod fishery
12 Sep 2016
Over the last decade the cod stock in the North Sea has seen significant improvements
The Danish North Sea cod fishery has achieved MSC certification recognising that cod caught by members of the Danish Fishermen Producer Organisation (DFPO) meets the MSC’s robust requirements for sustainability.
“We are very proud to be the first mover in getting cod in the North Sea and the Skagerrak MSC certified. The MSC certification is the gold standard for sustainability in fisheries,” said Svend-Erik Andersen, President of the DFPO.
North Sea cod has long been a concern for fishermen, politicians and scientists alike. Over the last decade however, the cod stock in the North Sea has seen significant improvements.
A long term recovery plan has resulted in year-on-year growth in the cod population. Cod stocks have now reached the same level as in the early 1980’s.
Over the next five years, in order to maintain its MSC certification, the fishery has committed to deliver further actions to ensure the long term sustainability of North Sea cod. Its MSC certification requires the fishery to ensure that cod catches are at long-term sustainable levels and to implement an effective rebuilding strategy, along with a robust and precautionary harvest strategy.
The DFPO North Sea cod fishery is certified as an extension to the already certified DFPO North Sea and Skagerrak Saithe Fishery. This is a mixed fishery where the cod is caught along with saithe and other species, but only the cod stock has been evaluated in this assessment.
But the entire fishery (including both cod and saithe) is due to be fully reassessed to the MSC Fisheries Standard in 2017.