Certifier : 
Bureau Veritas Certification
Certified status : 
Certified since : 
10 Feb 2016
Certificate expires : 
09 Aug 2021


This Atlantic fishery operating in the waters of Asturias in north-west Spain was the first octopus fishery to be MSC certified.

The fleet is made up of four Spanish fishermen’s guilds ('cofradias') operating 27 vessels, using artisanal traps to catch common octopus (Octopus vulgaris).

Aside from being an extraordinary creature capable of changing colour, texture and shape, octopus is an economically important species.

"We are very pleased to be the first octopus fishery in the world to be recognised as sustainable. Achieving MSC certification is a recognition of our commitment to sustainability. It’s been more than a year of hard work from all of us artisanal fishers from the West Asturias region. We are committed to protecting our ocean because we know that the future of our coastal communities and the sustainability of the environment depends on it"

Adolfo García Méndez Main, skipper of Fishermen Association of Nuestra Señora de la Atalaya, Puerto de la Vega

A fishery management plan is overseen by the regional government in collaboration with the guilds. A minimum capture weight of 1kg is in place. The fishery has a negligible impact on the seabed, and bycatch and discards are minimal.