Fourth Danish mussel fishery seeks MSC certification
The Isefjord and East Jutland blue shell fishery in Denmark will be assessed against the internationally recognised MSC standard for sustainable fishing. It is joining a larger group of Danish fisheries who have already entered the MSC programme. In August 2009, the Danish fishing industry committed to having all its fisheries certified by the end of 2012, reports www.megafishnet.com with reference to MSC.
The Isefjord and East Jutland blue shell mussel fishery takes place in the Southern Kattegat and Belt Sea. The mussels (Mytilus edulis) are fished using dredges all year around but most intensively during the period mid-July to January. There are currently 6 licenses for the East Jutland fishery and 2 for the Isefjord. Wittrup Seafood Company has commissioned the MSC assessment and currently operates two vessels. Products are fresh mussels and are mainly exported to mainland Europe.
Mr. Stig Wittrup of Wittrup Seafood Company says:
"There is an increasing demand for MSC labeled products amongst our customers and Wittrup Seafood is applying for MSC certification to meet that demand. It is a way for us to both secure the future of our business and demonstrate our sustainable fishing practices."
Camiel Derichs, Deputy Director Europe says:
"I welcome Wittrup Seafood Company into our programme. It is great to see that fisheries of all scales and sizes are coming forward as part of the Danish industry's commitment to MSC certification. If successful, this fishery will contribute to meeting the growing demand for MSC certified mussels in mainland Europe. I wish the fishery all the best during its assessment."