Certifier : 
Lloyds Register (Acoura)
Certified status : 
Certified since : 
05 Aug 2008
Certificate expires : 
03 Sep 2024


Northern prawn are abundant over a vast area from southern Nova Scotia to Baffin Island. The stock has increased substantially over time, and is well above the long-term average.

With an annual catch of more than 80,000 tonnes, the Canadian northern prawn trawl fishery is the largest MSC-certified coldwater shrimp fishery in the world. It involves 395 vessels in the range of 15-20m.

The fishery uses otter trawls with a minimum mesh size of 40mm, and fitted with a Nordmore separator grate. Prawns pass through the grate, but other groundfish are directed upwards to an exit triangle in the upper panel. This grate is mandatory in all the fishing areas.

Nets are designed to float just above the seafloor, to allow species such as flatfish to pass below the net entrance.