Fish Features

Certification set to improve supply of MSC plaice

The supply of MSC certified plaice to the UK has been given a boost this week with the news that Iceland Sustainable Fisheries (ISF) has added its first MSC certified plaice fishery.

The move follows a detailed stock assessment, which also sees the world’s first tusk, wolf fish and blue ling fisheries gain MSC certification too.

ISF has grown its portfolio of MSC certified sustainable species with Icelandic now offering one of the most diverse ranges of MSC certified sustainable species in the world.

The majority of Iceland’s plaice catch is exported to the UK where is is very popular among fish and chip shops.

Blue ling is a long, thin fish belonging to the cod family, while tusk – also known as torsk – is a cod-type fish with firm white flesh. Wolf fish meanwhile is a large, long fish which has a sweet flavour, sometimes likened to lobster.

Kristinn Hjálmarsson, the ISF project manager says: “It is important to us to be recognised as a sustainable fishing nation. We would really like for consumers to know that if dinner is Icelandic fish, it comes for a sustainable source.”
Gisli Gislason, MSC Senior Program manager in Iceland, Faroe and Greenland explained: “ISF is becoming one of the larger fishery clients within the MSC program and has been a pioneer with 6 new species certified.  These include golden redfish, capelin, ling, tusk, blue ling and lumpfish. Anglerfish are in full assessment and upon completion we hope it will be the 7th world first by ISF.”


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