Certifier : 
Acoura Marine Limited trading as LRQA
Certified status : 
Combined with another assessment
Certified since : 
09 May 2006
Certificate expires : 
16 Apr 2017


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 PFA, SPSG, SPFPO, DFPO and DPPO North Sea Herring for more information.


Units of Certification & Certificate Information

  • No longer in the program
    MSC UoC Number Species Gear Type Ocean Area Status (Units of Certification)
    UoC-0064 Herring (Clupea harengus) Trawls - Midwater trawls - otter trawls 27 (Atlantic, Northeast) Withdrawn

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Eligibility, client groups and vessel lists

A fishery may choose to define the members of the fishery certificate. These members can be vessels or other client group members (e.g. companies that own vessels and/or companies that are named as eligible to handle certified product covered within the fishery certificate scope). Please refer to the fishery certificate statement on additional product specific eligibility criteria (e.g. product eligibility limitations, eligibility date, exclusive points of landing and the point where Chain of Custody certificate is required). Please consult the fishery Public Certification Report for product eligibility rationale.

Documents Published on Files
Vessel List 06 Feb 2017 1 files

About this Fishery

The Pelagic Freezer-Trawler Association (PFA) North Sea herring has been MSC certified twice, first in 2006 and again in 2011. As of 2016 it has been combined with Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group Ltd (SPSG) North Sea herring for re-assessment.

Please see PFA & SPSG North Sea Herring fishery  

Herring (Clupea harengus) image © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book