18 Nov 2010: Southern Ocean toothfish fishery to enter full assessment against the MSC standard

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has announed the Austral Fisheries’ and Australian Longline’s Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) toothfish fishery has entered full assessment for MSC certification. To be conducted by independent certification body Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), the assessment will evaluate the Southern Ocean fishery against the MSC standard for well-managed and sustainable fisheries, which examines the sustainability of the …

15 July 2010: Forensic techniques boost MSC traceability programme

Independent DNA tests on 240 random samples have shown that MSC certified fish continues to perform well in traceability tests. All of the samples showed that they came from the fish labelled on the pack and none of the products was mislabelled. These early results establish DNA analysis as a valuable tool in combating the fraudulent use of ecolabels. As …

27 Nov 2009: MSC assessment of Ross Sea toothfish – update

MSC assessment of Ross Sea toothfish – update On 18th Nov 2009, the Final Report and Determination of the Ross Sea toothfish fishery was released by the independent certifier Moody Marine – this is not a final certification result. This fishery is not certified to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard – there is now a 15 working day period …

1 Oct 2009: French toothfish fisheries from Reunion Island embark on the MSC journey

French toothfish fishers, under the auspices of the Reunion Freezer Longliner Shipowners Association (SARPC for its French acronym) have applied for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) assessment to demonstrate the sustainability of their fishing practices. The SARPC was formed by six fishing companies which have authorization and licenses to capture toothfish in the French Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) of the Kerguelen …

17 Sep 2009: South Georgia toothfish recertified with flying colours

Following its five-yearly Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) re-assessment, the South Georgia Patagonian toothfish longline fishery has been re-certified as a sustainable and well-managed fishery. Marketed in the United States as Chilean sea-bass, it is the only Chilean sea-bass available from a certified sustainable source. The fishery scored particularly highly on its re-assessment with scores over 90 (out of 100) for …

11 Sep 2009: South Georgia Patagonian Toothfish – Longline

“WE DON’T HAVE a population in South Georgia, only a small team of scientists who live on the island,” says Harriet Hall, Director of Fisheries for the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. As a result, this remote Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom has no industry and no income tax to generate revenue for government projects …