Certifier : 
Acoura Marine Limited trading as LRQA
Certified status : 
Certified
Certified since : 
14 Mar 2012
Certificate expires : 
11 Jan 2024

Overview

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 assessment, 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, download the latest certificate or open the Assessments page to get the latest report. Find out more by visiting our page on Fisheries

Units of Certification & Certificate Information

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Catch by Species

Species Reported Catch Year Metric Tonnes
Brown crab (Cancer pagurus) 2020 242.8

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.

Eligibility, client groups and vessel lists

A fishery may choose to define the members of the fishery certificate. These members may be vessels or other client group members (client group members may be companies that own vessels and/or companies that are named as eligible to handle product from that fishery).

Documents Published on Files
Vessel List 15 Mar 2022 1 files

About this Fishery

This fishery is located within six nautical miles of Shetland, and was certified in 2012. It targets three different species with two different fishing methods.

Brown crabs (often known as edible crabs) make up the largest crab fishery in Western Europe, with more than 60,000 tonnes caught annually, mostly around the coast of the British Isles. They’re caught in baited creels or pots.

This fishery also uses dredges to catch king scallops.

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