Certifier : 
MRAG Americas, Inc.
Certified status : 
Certified since : 
07 Apr 2016
Certificate expires : 
06 Oct 2026


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

  • Certified
    MSC UoC Number Species Gear Type Ocean Area Certificate Code
    UoC-1134 European perch (Perca fluviatilis) Gillnets And Entangling Nets - Gillnets 05 (Europe - Inland waters) MSC-F-31234 (MRAG-F-0056)
    UoC-1920 Pikeperch (Sander lucioperca) Gillnets And Entangling Nets - Gillnets 05 (Europe - Inland waters) MSC-F-31234 (MRAG-F-0056)

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Catch by Species

Species Reported Catch Year Metric Tonnes
Pikeperch (Sander lucioperca) 2021 79.5
European perch (Perca fluviatilis) 2021 364.5

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 Dec 2021 1 files
List of client group members 04 Apr 2016 1 files

About this Fishery

The Irikla Reservoir – the largest artificial reservoir in the southern Urals – is located on the Ural River in the Caspian Sea Basin, Orenburg Province, Russia. Filling was completed in 1966.

The species targeted here is the European perch (Perca fluviatilis), which is carnivorous and can grow to a weight of more than 2.5kg, although it is much more common to find specimens at 500g or less. 

While they are a popular sport fish, the perch in the Irikla Reservoir fishery are mostly caught with gill nets. Mesh size varies from 30-36mm (small) to 50-70mm (large). The fishery is managed through various government agencies. The perch population in the reservoir is monitored by research institutes which recommend an annual catch limit: this is then imposed and controlled by the Federal Agency for Fisheries.

Market Information

The catch is mostly exported to Switzerland and Canada in the form of frozen fillets.