Certifier : 
Control Union (UK) Limited
Certified status : 
Certified since : 
16 Sep 2005
Certificate expires : 
15 Aug 2017


The Hastings fleet pelagic herring fishery has withdrawn from the MSC program. Notification of withdrawal was given on 16 December 2016


Fishing has been a longstanding family tradition in Hastings, on the south coast of England, for over 1,000 years. Today fishing remains important to the town’s economy and Hastings is home to the largest beach-based fishing fleet in Europe. The 30 or so boats in its fleet are all less than 10m long. They fish in the eastern English Channel between Beachy Head and Dungeness, up to six miles offshore. 

Herring (Clupea harengus) image © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book