Sustainability of North Sea herring fishery news welcomed

Fish Update

The responsible fishing practices of Scotland’s pelagic fishermen has been underlined in the latest scientific advice on North Sea herring from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), which has confirmed  that the stock continues to be harvested in a sustainable way with fishing pressure below the recommended level.

ICES states that North Sea herring stock abundance has continued to grow in the last few years but now seems to be levelling off – although still above all precautionary limits.

Ian Gatt, chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association, said: “The Scottish pelagic sector through their sustainability group are in the final stages of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) re-certification for this stock having completed a full five-year term in the programme.  So this latest advice from ICES is welcome given our continued significant investment in MSC accreditation.”

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