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Fisheries for Cornish sardines, Shetland brown crabs honored by MSC UK July 09,2019   |  Source: UCN

A sardine fishery in southwest England, a Scottish inshore brown crab fishery and several retailers and foodservice operators have been recognized by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in the UK for their contributions to sustainable fisheries and seafood.

At an awards ceremony held in Fishmongers’ Hall, London, representatives of the Cornish Sardine Management Association collected an award for their scientific contribution to sustainable management of the sardine fishery off the Cornish coast.

A "fresh approach to data collection, with industry and scientific support", which has helped ensure sustainable exploitation of the Cornish sardine stock while demonstrating an example of scientific innovation, has helped ensure retention of its MSC certificate, MSC noted.

The Shetland Shellfish Management Organisation (SSMO), meanwhile, won the MSC's UK Special Achievement Award for progress made in driving improvements in the Shetland inshore brown crab and scallop fisheries.

SSMO Shetland's inshore brown crab and scallop fisheries were first certified in 2012 with eight conditions for improvement. In order to close out these conditions, the fisheries implemented a number of changes, from required landings data collection to proactive protection of vulnerable seabed

 

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