- Certifier :
- Lloyds Register (Acoura)
- Certified status :
- Certified since :
- 13 Jul 2017
- Certificate expires :
- 12 Jan 2023
The Lake Mälaren and Lake Vänern pikeperch fishery was MSC certified in 2017.
Pikeperch or zander (Sander lucioperca) is a member of the perch family, found mostly in lakes. The meat is white and tender, making it popular in fish dishes across Scandinavia and Europe. In Sweden, pikeperch is the most economically important species for the commercial freshwater fisheries.
Licensing and regulations control the number of fishers and the type of fishing gear, ensuring that fish stocks and habitats are protected. The mesh used in fish traps and gillnets reduces the catch of fish below 45cm long. Fish below this size are released alive from fish traps, with tagging showing a good survival rate.
"Prior to certification, we introduced improvements such as increasing the minimum size of the pikeperch and using nets with a larger mesh size. With these changes, catches of smaller fish has fallen dramatically."
- Conny Gustavsson, Chairman of Lake Vänern’s Fishermen's Federation.
Catches vary from year to year. In Sweden's largest lake, Vänern there are about 70 fishers, catching between 60 and 120 tonnes of pikeperch per year. In Mälaren, 33 pikeperch fishers catch between 100 and 200 tonnes per year.
Pikeperch (Sander Lucioperca) image © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book