- Certifier :
- MRAG Americas, Inc.
- Certified status :
- Certified since :
- 14 Oct 2016
- Certificate expires :
- 13 Apr 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.
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Units of Certification & Certificate Information
Catch by Species
|Species||Reported Catch Year||Metric Tonnes|
|Herring (Clupea harengus)||2017||9,196|
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.
About this Fishery
This Swedish and Danish fishery in the Western Baltic targets a separate stock of herring (Clupea harengus) from those fished in the North Sea during the autumn – although in parts of Illan Skagerrak the North Sea autumn stock is also caught. The vessels involved use trawls, purse seines, pound nets and set nets.
A discard and slipping ban has been imposed by the EU (slipping is when the herring are released from the nets before being brought aboard), and technical rules on mesh size, catch composition etc must be followed. Swedish and Danish authorities allocate national quotas; while a range of scientific bodies provide stock monitoring and advice on ecosystem indicators.
Herring from Denmark is mainly sold as frozen fillets to Central European markets, as well as being used domestically. Herring from Sweden is mostly sold on the domestic markets as fresh or marinated fillets, exported whole to Finland and filleted and frozen for other European markets. Some is used as tuna feed.