Certifier : 
Acoura Marine Limited trading as LRQA
Certified status : 
Certified since : 
29 Nov 2016
Certificate expires : 
28 May 2022


Fisheries are composed of one or more parts, each of which is entitled to receive an MSC certificate. These parts or “units” are defined by their target stock(s), fishing gear type(s) and if relevant vessel type(s), and the fishing fleets or groups of vessels.

When the term “Unit of Certification” is used for fishing units that are in assessment, it refers to the “Unit of Assessment” or “Unit of potential certification”. Expand a status below to view the parts that form this fishery. To check the detailed scope, download the latest certificate or open the Assessments page to get the latest report. Find out more by visiting our page on Fisheries

Units of Certification & Certificate Information

  • No longer in the program
    MSC UoC Number Species Gear Type Ocean Area Status (Units of Certification)
    UoC-1246 Herring (Clupea harengus) Surrounding Nets - With purse lines (purse seines) 21 (Atlantic, Northwest) Withdrawn

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Catch by Species

Species Reported Catch Year Metric Tonnes
Herring (Clupea harengus) 2016 48,528

Information is provided by an independent Conformity Assessment Body as live weight (the weight of species at the time of catch, before processing) and where a fishing season covers multiple years, the end year is given as the reported catch year. Additional information is available in the latest report, see the assessments page.

Eligibility, client groups and vessel lists

A fishery may choose to define the members of the fishery certificate. These members can be vessels or other client group members (e.g. companies that own vessels and/or companies that are named as eligible to handle certified product covered within the fishery certificate scope). Please refer to the fishery certificate statement on additional product specific eligibility criteria (e.g. product eligibility limitations, eligibility date, exclusive points of landing and the point where Chain of Custody certificate is required). Please consult the fishery Public Certification Report for product eligibility rationale.

Documents Published on Files
Vessel List 08 Sep 2017 1 files

About this Fishery

This fishery, targeting the Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus), is located in the Bay of Fundy off the coast of Nova Scotia and southwest New Brunswick. Operating during most of the year, the client group of 10 companies form the Seafood Producers Association of Nova Scotia (SPANS).

The fishery consists of two components, or units of certification: the NAFO Division 4VWX zone, which is managed via individual quotas, and the Scotian Shelf fishery, which is managed with an initial fleet allocation. Dockside monitoring and observer coverage help provide conservation data.

The two zones have a combined share of the TAC amounting to just over 50,000 tonnes (Bay of Fundy 40,000, Outer Banks 12,000). 

“We are very pleased to enter into assessment to demonstrate the sustainable fishing methods and management of the Canadian purse seine herring fishery. The collaborative work of the client group and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Maritimes Region have been significant and we look forward to a successful outcome of the assessment process.” - Roger Stirling, President, SPANS

Atlantic herring (Clupea Harengusimage © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book

Market Information

This fishery harvests and produces herring in a variety of styles for different markets including fillets for Europe, roe for Japan, and canned and marinated products around the world.