Certifier : 
Lloyds Register (Acoura)
Certified status : 
Certified since : 
10 May 2016
Certificate expires : 
09 Nov 2021


The Mackerel Industry Northern Sustainability Alliance (MINSA) came together in 2012. The North East Atlantic mackerel stock had faced overfishing due to increased activity from fishing vessels outside of MSC certification. International agreements aimed at managing the stock had broken down and all MSC certificates were suspended. 

The fishery in its current form was certified in 2016, following two years of assessment.

“This certification involved a truly unprecedented partnership approach and is a strong demonstration of the commitment of northern European pelagic fishermen to sustainable fishing and the responsible long-term management of the fishery”.
- Ian Gatt, coordinator for MINSA

The MINSA group is made up of over 700 fishing boats from small coastal handline vessels through to large ocean-going pelagic trawlers. They come from eleven countries including: Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, France, Republic of Ireland and Lithuania.

Mackerel (Scomber scombrus) image © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book