- Certifier :
- Acoura Marine Limited trading as LRQA
- Certified status :
- Combined with another assessment
- Certified since :
- 23 Sep 2010
- Certificate expires :
- 17 Dec 2021
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.
Some or all units that participated in this fishery are now covered by another assessment. Please see the Ekofish Group and Osprey Trawlers North Sea Twin-rigged Plaice for more information.
Units of Certification & Certificate Information
Catch by Species
|Species||Reported Catch Year||Metric Tonnes|
|European plaice (Pleuronectes platessa)||2018||1,107|
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 may be vessels or other client group members (client group members may be companies that own vessels and/or companies that are named as eligible to handle product from that fishery).
|Vessel List||30 Oct 2020||1 files|
About this Fishery
In 1999, the Dutch Osprey Group fishery decided to catch North Sea plaice in a different way, using twin rigging. This consumes much less energy, and the larger meshes reduces undesired bycatch. Its lighter gear has less impact on the seabed, which is crucially important for sustainable fishery for plaice. The group received MSC certification for their sustainable fishing methods for North Sea plaice in 2010.
In order to receive MSC certification, the Osprey Group made several commitments with bodies like the North Sea Foundation and the WWF, respecting voluntary area closures throughout the year and ceasing activity during the spawning period.
Cees de Boer from the Osprey Group, himself a member of a fishing family from Urk, believes that MSC certification has not only improved sustainability but also given the fishery a market advantage: "Onboard we use new procedures that are focused on landing an even better quality. Besides sustainability, we are trying to stand out with our quality. It gives a completely new dimension to our work that we have to get used to. So far we have been extremely satisfied with our new way of working. Now we are sure to receive a reasonable price for our fish."
Plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) image © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book
The produce is sold whole and filleted (fresh & frozen) throughout the EU.