Verifier : 
Control Union (UK) Limited
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In-transition to MSC


Fisheries in the ITM program are not certified against the MSC Fisheries Standard, and their products cannot display the MSC ecolabel. When joining ITM, they commit to entering assessment against the Standard within five years. During this time, they are required to demonstrate progress against an improvement action plan, and this progress is verified by an independent assessor.

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.

When the term “Unit of Certification” is used for fishing units that are in ITM, it refers to the “Unit of Assessment” or “Unit of potential certification”. Expand a status below to view the parts that form this fishery. To check the detailed scope, open the Assessments page to get the latest report.

The In-Transition to MSC program is in a pilot phase until the end of 2024. During this time, the details of the program – including cost and terms of participation – are subject to change.

Units of Assessment

  • In-transition to MSC
    MSC UoC Number Species Gear Type Ocean Area
    UoC-1521 Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) Trawls - Bottom trawls: Demersal trawl; Twin demersal trawl; Danish seine; Pair seine–trawl; Pair trawl; All gears used TR1 Mesh size (≥100mm cod end mesh) 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

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Catch by Species

Species Reported Catch Year Metric Tonnes
Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) 2022 4,475

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.

About this Fishery

Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) image © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book

Rockall haddock is the same species (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) as the North Sea haddock targeted by the SFSAG, but a different population. The fishery entered assessment in early 2017.

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