- Certifier :
- Control Union Pesca Ltd
- Certified status :
- Certified since :
- 18 Jul 2017
- Certificate expires :
- 17 Jul 2022
The Scottish North Sea cod fishery feeds mainly into the supply chains of the UK foodservice sector.
Cod stocks in the North Sea peaked at 270,000 tonnes in the 1970s, when Scottish and English cod was widely sold and enjoyed. The stocks had fallen to just 44,000 tonnes in 2006, however a concerted effort has seen stocks rise to a level of 149,000 tonnes in 2015. This was achieved through collectively adopting sustainable fishing practices such as modification of their fishing gear, 'real time' closures, and sea area closures to protect spawning females.
The Scottish Fisheries Sustainable Accreditation Group (SFSAG), a coalition of producer organisations and one trade body, has already achieved MSC certification for North Sea haddock and northern saithe.
"The logical next step in demonstrating that North Sea cod is now sustainable. Getting to this point has required a huge commitment and personal sacrifice from Scottish fishermen, who have worked hard to recover North Sea cod."
- Mike Park, chairmen of SFSAG, 2016