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Danish fisheries take great strides towards certification

Increased demand for sustainably harvested fish

The Danish Fishermen’s Association and the Danish Fishermen’s Producer Organisation have said that all species targeted by Danish fishermen would be certified to the Marine Stewardship Council standard for sustainable fisheries.

At the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels this year sustainability continued to dominate the agenda for both suppliers and buyers. The well-established Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has now been joined by new labels, Global Trust and Iceland Responsible Fisheries (IRF), launched respectively by Alaska and Iceland, both heavyweights in the international fishing industry. Many companies offered products carrying the increasingly popular Friend of the Sea brand, and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), the MSC’s counterpart for farmed fish, was also present with a stand.


n the surface, this interest in sustainability may be about market access, about companies realising they stand to lose customers if they cannot document that their products are sourced from sustainably harvested

stocks. But there is increasingly an acceptance that limited resources need careful husbandry if future generations are also to benefit from them. Ultimately, man’s dependence on nature means that the careless exploitation of natural

resources can compromise the well-being of future generations. More immediately, disappearing stocks will have a lethal impact on coastal communities across the country that depend on fisheries for their survival.

Danish fisheries aim for across-the-board certification The Danish fisheries sector has clearly been thinking in the long term. And in this scheme, 2012 is Eurofish Magazine 3/ 2012


Eurofish Magazine 3 2012  

This issue covers Denmark and Germany and reviews the ESE and Alimentaria events among others. There is a special feature on fisheries contr...

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