Certifier : 
Control Union (UK) Limited
Certified status : 
Certified since : 
31 Oct 2019
Certificate expires : 
30 Apr 2025


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

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Catch by Species

Species Reported Catch Year Metric Tonnes
Tusk(=Cusk) (Brosme brosme) 2019 48
Sole (Solea solea) 2019 1,760
Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) 2019 1,987
Northern prawn (Pandalus borealis) 2019 1,110
Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) 2016 15,201.3
Nephrops (Nephrops norvegicus) 2019 1,903
Saithe(=Pollock) (Pollachius virens) 2019 7,166
Anglerfishes nei (Lophiidae) 2016 339.7
European hake (Merluccius merluccius) 2019 2,204.7
European plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) 2019 25,841
Whiting (Merlangius merlangus) 2019 192
Ling (Molva molva) (Molva molva) 2019 364

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

Formerly certified under ten individual MSC certificates, this fishery includes 15 separate stocks of 12 species, 10 gear types and 3 catch areas in the North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat. The certification includes species that are commonly caught together in mixed demersal fisheries.

Four fishery client groups from Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden and Germany are involved, see Contacts tab for details.

Please see the Units of Certification & Certificate Information table and download the latest certificate files for detailed current information about the species, stocks, gears and areas that are certified for each client group.