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Russian Barents Sea Cod and Haddock Fishery Celebrates MSC Certification at Seafood Expo Global

09 May 2014

RUSSIA - The Russian Federation Barents Sea cod and haddock fishery celebrate their Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. DNV GL presented the certificate to Igor Grekov, Production Manager and Vitaliy Prutkov, Marketing Director of the ZAO Strelets and ZAO Eridan.

The two Russian companies entered their joint cod and haddock fishery into assessment for MSC certification in March 2013.The fishery has now successfully completed the assessment against the MSC standard for sustainable fishing just before the world's largest seafood trade event: Seafood Expo Global.

Respecting and caring for future generations while exploring new markets

Vitaliy Prutkov explains: "ZAO Strelets and ZAO Eridan have been taking part in a program of observance of sustainable fisheries and traceability of fishery products for many years. As the owners of the companies decided to rebrand their business and create a new supply chain, the question of independent certification became acute. For us, the presence of such a certificate is more than just one more confirmation of legality, the respecting fishing regulations and caring for future generations, but also a kind of ticket to new markets. More and more buyers of fish products ask us the same question at the first negotiation: "Do you have an MSC certificate?" Now we can reply, "Yes, we do."

MSC certification great accomplishment

Camiel Derichs, MSC Regional Director Europe says: “Atlantic cod and haddock are key components of the global whitefish market. Various international fisheries targeting cod and haddock in areas ICES I and II are already MSC certified. It is a great accomplishment that the Russian Federation Barents Sea cod and haddock fisheries have now also successfully completed the MSC assessment. I want to congratulate the Eridan and Strelets team on this great result and look forward to working closely in the years to come to assure continued good results both in the water and in the markets”.

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