- Certifier :
- SAI Global
- Certified status :
- Certified since :
- 18 Apr 2017
- Certificate expires :
- 17 Apr 2022
Capelin is the fourth species to be entered into MSC assessment by the Iceland Sustainable Fisheries (ISF) group. Capelin is a small pelagic (midwater) species and part of the smelt family.
Capelin became a commercially important species for Iceland's pelagic fleet after the collapse of Atlanto-Scandian herring in the late sixties. Last decade, the annual catches fluctuated on average around 350,000 tonnes. Fishing in the North Sea, Icelandic fishermen catch capelin with purse seine nets and pelagic trawls.
"ISF was founded to serve the Iceland seafood industry requirements for fishery certifications. Buyers of capelin products have increasingly been asking for MSC certification.This assessment is response to that and we look forward to work through this assessment process."
- Kristinn Hjálmarsson, ISF Project Manager