Environmental certification for Norwegian prawn fishery
The sustainability of the Norwegian prawn fishery is further documented when Norway today receives certification against the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards for sustainable fisheries. Thus the Norwegian prawn fishery will be added to the list of Norwegian commercial fisheries that have already achieved MSC certification, thereby consolidating Norway’s position as the fishing nation with the greatest share of environmentally certified fisheries in the world.
- Norwegian fishery management has for years been acknowledged as one of the world’s best management systems. We are now pleased that MSC have certified Norwegian Prawns as sustainably harvested. MSC certification is an important tool in our marketing of Norwegian Prawns and will help to strengthen our communication with our main markets, says Ove Johansen, market manager for prawns and shellfish with Norwegian Seafood Council.
The Norwegian Prawn fishery is a year round fishery with most landings in May through September. The biggest markets for Norwegian prawns from the Barents Sea are the UK, Sweden, Finland and Norway. These are markets where there is an increasing focus on sustainable products. Norwegian prawn fishery in the Barents Sea is already certified in accordance with the standards of KRAV and Friend of the Sea. With this additional certification of compliance with MSC standards, Norwegian prawn exporters will be able to offer products with a wider range of environmental labelling.
The Norwegian saithe, mackerel and herring fisheries, as well as the North East Arctic cod and haddock fisheries have already received MSC certification. On completion of this process, all the major Norwegian commercial fisheries will be environmentally certified.
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has developed a certification programme for sustainable and well-managed fisheries. MSC certification requires third-party verification of the fishery’s compliance with MSC standards by an accredited certification bureau.