Certifier : 
MRAG Americas, Inc.
Certified status : 
Certified since : 
23 Mar 2017
Certificate expires : 
22 Sep 2022


This fishery in the North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat is run as a collaborative venture between the Danish Fishermen Producers Organization (DFPO) and the Danish Pelagic Producers Organization (DPPO). 

Between them, they use trawls and purse seines to target sandeel (Ammodytes spp.), sprat (Sprattus sprattus) and Norway pout (Trisopterus esmarkii); which are employed almost exclusively to produce oil and fishmeal for aquaculture. 

A growing preference for ASC certification in the aquaculture industry has led to an increased demand for sustainable raw materials, which would be supplied by fisheries such as this one. It is managed under the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, which includes a discard/slipping ban, annual TAC quotas, and technical rules concerning mesh size, catch composition and closed areas of the fishing grounds. ICES assist with annual stock assessments and advice, and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive provides advice on ecosystem initiatives. 

In 2014, Danish landings of sandeels totalled 156,541 tonnes, along with 135,906 tonnes of sprats and 28,488 tonnes of pout.

“We are very happy to enter MSC assessment. If we succeed we will be able to provide the market with sustainably-sourced fish oil and fishmeal.” Claus Sparrevohn, DPPO