Certifier : 
Lloyds Register (Acoura)
Certified status : 
Certified since : 
23 Sep 2010
Certificate expires : 
17 Sep 2021


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