Certifier : 
Control Union Pesca Ltd
Certified status : 
In Assessment


The Joint Demersal fisheries in the North Sea and adjacent waters are made up of 4 fishery client groups from 4 countries; Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. The assessment covers 20 separate stocks of 13 species, 10 gear types and 4 catch areas. 

The assessment brings together a number of fisheries already in the MSC programme:

1. CVO North Sea plaice and sole

2. Danish and Swedish nephrops

3. Denmark Skagerrak and the Norwegian Deep cold-water prawn

4. DFPO Denmark North Sea & Skagerrak cod & saithe

5. DFPO Denmark North Sea & Skagerrak haddock

6. DFPO Denmark North Sea plaice

7. DFPO Denmark North Sea sole

8. DFPO Denmark North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat hake and plaice

9. Germany North Sea saithe trawl

10. Sweden Skagerrak, Kattegat and the Norwegian Deep cold-water prawn

The combined assessment has facilitated a greater number of overlapping stocks, species and gear types to be assessed against the MSC Fisheries Standard. It also helps overcome issues linked to the artificial compartmentalization and overlap between MSC certificates.

Given the scale and precedent of the proposal, the Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) has requested variations from the Fisheries Certification Process. Variations have been allowed because they extend the time available for stakeholders to provide input. The variations accepted mean that: 

  • The deadline for the Final Report is extended from 18 months to 24 months
  • The public consultation periods are extended from 30 to 45 days (the CAB has extended this to 65 days to allow for Christmas and New Year's holiday period)
  • The Public Comment Draft Report (PCDR) is split into four reports. The consultation period will formally begin after publication of all 4 reports.
  1. Background overview report
  2. Principle 1 report
  3. Principle 2 report
  4. Principle 3 report