Marine stewardship council

MSC certification

In 2006, the late president of Polar Seafood, Kjeld Holmstrup, took the initiative of founding the association Sustainable Fisheries Greenland. Then, a small “club of idealists”, developed to encompass all fishing activity and all processing plants in Greenland with the exclusive purpose of achieving sustainability certification of the fisheries. The standard chosen for certification efforts has been that of Marine Stewardship Council, MSC.

The Greenland authorities are well aware of the importance of avoiding overexploitation of the fish and shellfish stocks and scientific research has always been a priority. Continued surveys, carried out by the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, have provided for the longest time series of shrimp stock monitoring in the North Atlantic.

Although a small population with limited financial resources, decisions have been made by the Greenland government to follow up with extended benthic surveys of the fishing areas, aiming at monitoring possible damages by fishing gear, imposed on the fragile organisms of the sea bed, such as cold water corals and sea sponges.

Funded by the fishing industry, such surveys have been carried out since 2012 by well reputed scientists of the Zoological Society of London. However from 2016, the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources is supposedly taking over to establish a Greenlandic benthic department.

Safeguarding of sustainable fishery will always be a process and not a static condition. With five species already fully certified (shrimp and lumpfish in Greenland; cod, haddock and saithe in Barents Sea), Greenland Halibut in pre-assessment and all other fisheries under strict scientific surveillance, we feel proud about the leading role we have played in the efforts of obtaining the MSC accreditation.

 

Facts about MSC:

  • Founded in 1996 by WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and Unilever.
  • Independent non profit organisation which sets standards for sustainable fishing.
  • Standards are based on FAO’s (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) “Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishery”.
  • FAO: “The right to fish carries with it the obligation to do so in a responsible manner so as to ensure effective conservation and management of the living aquatic resources”.

 

The MSC standards are divided into three main principles:

 * Principle 1: Sustainable fish stocks

The fishing activity must be at a level which is sustainable for the targeted fish population. Any certified fishery must operate so that fishing can continue indefinitely and is not overexploiting the resources.

* Principle 2: Minimising environmental impact

Fishing operations should be managed to maintain the structure, productivity, function and diversity of the ecosystem on which the fishery depends.

* Principle 3: Effective management

  • The fishery must meet all local, national and international laws and must have a management system in place to respond to changing circumstances and maintain sustainability.
  • Currently (August 2015) there are 265 MSC certified fisheries worldwide. Another 108 are undergoing assessment to become certified.
  • Close to 10% of the total harvest of wild caught fish is MSC certified.
  • More than 28000 seafood products worldwide bear the blue MSC ecolabel. 

Independent non-profit organization which sets standards for sustainable fishing.

Polar Seafood - The World of Seafood

With head office in Nuuk Greenland, Polar Seafood is the largest
privately owned fishing company operating in Greenland.
Polar Seafood is one of Scandinavia's key suppliers of a wide range of seafood products suitable for processors,
wholesalers, caterers and retail customers. Cold water prawns, Greenland halibut, Redfish, Cod etc. are caught by
Polar Seafood´s own modern trawler fleet.
Our processing factories in Greenland and Denmark are Higher Level BRC.

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Seafood since 1984

Polar Seafood Greenland A/S was established in 1984 as the sales & marketing company for a number of independently owned Greenland prawn trawlers. Today, Polar Seafood is one of the top seafood exporters in Scandinavian and the largest privately owned company in Greenland.

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Polar Seafood
Baldrianvej 2
DK-9310 Vodskov
Phone: +45 98 29 44 22
E-mail: polar@polarseafood.dk

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