Russian fishermen bringing MSC certification into focus

October 29, 2010 15:35
In late October 2010 Public Council of Russia's Federal Fisheries Agency (Rosrybolovstvo) gathered at Interfish International Fishery Exhibition to discuss such urgent issues as MSC certification, reports http://www.megafishnet.com/ (https://www.fishnet.ru/).

More specifically, participants of the meeting discussed certification of seafood products to the standards of Marine Stewardship Council. Having listened to a report on certification in Norway and the Agency's activity in the sphere, the participants came to a conclusion about the need to create a working group in Rosrybolovstvo. The group will look into a possibility to certify Russian fish products (cod, haddock, herring, mackerel and saithe) in the nation's Northwest Fisheries Basin via the Union of Fishermen of the North and in co-operation with other organizations and associations of Murmansk.

Towards that end, the Union of Fishermen of the North will take part in the conference to be conducted by MSC specialists and the World Wild Fund on 16 November 2010 in PINRO Polar Research Institute for Fishery and Oceanography. Simultaneously Rosrybolovstvo will continue encouraging whitefish onto the nation's markets. In addition, the Public Council has recommended looking into the possibility of strengthening state influence on confirming the high quality of fish products harvested by the Russian fishermen as well as the sustainability of their fishery operations.

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