Sustainability

Sustainability is the key to success in marine fisheries.  Our expertise can help you to match your business to national and international sustainability standards.

The key international sustainability standard for fisheries is Marine Stewardship Council certification.  We work closely with the world’s leading MSC certified accreditation body, Intertek Moody Marine.  Together we have successfully assessed and certified more than 20 fisheries world-wide.  You can find out more here.

Our unrivalled expertise in this area can help you if you are thinking of MSC certification or if you are already undergoing certification.  Sound advice can make the difference between success and failure.  Find out more here.

At the national level here in the UK, we have a solid reputation for providing advice on the integration of fishing activity with marine conservation regulations.  Most of the UK coastline and inshore waters are now subject to one or more nature conservation designations.  These designations can present a significant barrier to inshore fishing businesses, and we can help you chart a course around these obstacles.  Just drop us a line if you need assistance.

Updates on some of our most recent work in this area are posted below.

Updates (chronological list, newest first)

MSC Assessment: Falkland Islands Toothfish Longline Fishery

We are delighted to be working with Intertek Moody Marine on the first MSC fishery assessment of a fishery on the Falkland Islands.

The site visit for the Falkland Islands Toothfish Longline Fishery is due to take place between the … Continue reading

MSC Surveillance Audit: German North Sea Saithe Trawl Fishery

The annual Surveillance Audit for the German North Sea Saithe Trawl Fishery has just been announced on the MSC website.

We will be carrying out this audit in partnership with Intertek Moody Marine on the 17th-18th October 2012 at Cuxhaven and Hamburg … Continue reading

MSC Update: PFA Surveillance Reports Published

The annual surveillance reports for the Pelagic Freezer-Trawler Association North Sea Herring and Atlanto-Scandian Herring fisheries have just been published on the MSC website.

We worked in partnership with Intertek Moody Marine to carry out the surveillance audits for these … Continue reading

Vilsund Blue – world’s first MSC Oyster Fisery

Danish shellfish producers Vilsund Blue have just become MSC certified as a source of sustainable oysters (European flat oysters, Ostrea edulis).  This is the first oyster fishery in the world to attain the MSC standard.

We … Continue reading

Vilsund Blue – MSC Certified Rope-grown Mussels

Danish shellfish producers Vilsund Blue have just become MSC certified as a source of sustainable rope-grown mussels (Mytilus edulis).

We have been working with Vilsund Blue and our colleagues at Intertek Moody Marine to assess this fishery since … Continue reading

MSC Surveillance Audit: PFA Fisheries, IJmuiden, Netherlands

The annual Surveillance Audit for the PFA North Sea Herring, Atlanto-Scandian Herring and North East Atlantic Mackerel has just been announced on the MSC website.

We will be carrying out this audit in partnership with Intertek Moody Marine on the … Continue reading

Seafood Rømø – MSC Certified for Danish Mussels

Danish mussel producers Seafood Rømø have today (26th March 2012) become MSC certified as a source of sustainable mussels.

We have been working with Seafood Rømø and our colleagues at Intertek Moody Marine to assess this fishery over … Continue reading

MSC Surveillance Audit: Isle of Man Queen Scallop Trawl Fishery

The annual Surveillance Audit for the Isle of Man Queen Scallop Trawl Fishery has just been announced on the MSC website (here).

We will be carrying out this audit in partnership … Continue reading

Menai Mussels Still Strong – MSC Certification ongoing

The Menai Strait mussel fishery, the first “enhanced” fishery to be MSC certified in the UK, continues to meet this high standard of sustainability.

AWJ worked closely with the Bangor Mussel Producers to help secure the initial certification of this … Continue reading