FRANCE - La Scapêche, a subsidiary of Les Mousquetaires group, has begun voluntary MSC assessment for its trawl fishery of blue ling (Molva dypterygia), roundnose grenadier (Coryphaenoides rupestris) and black scabbardfish (Aphanopus carbo).
An independent assessment team will evaluate the fishery against the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) standard for sustainable fishing.
The transparent assessment process will examine the fishery’s impact on fish populations and the marine ecosystem. It will also study the fishery’s management processes to ensure that it is taking all steps necessary to protect the ocean environment for future generations.
Fabien Dulon, La Scapêche’s CEO explains: “We want to continue with the process of improving our fisheries, and especially our trawler fishing of deep-water species. Following many discussions with NGOs, this MSC assessment emerged as one way of ensuring an objective picture of stocks and the marine environment by means of an independent evaluation.”
Are you interested in this fishery’s assessment?
The assessment will be conducted by the certification body MacAlister Elliott and Partners Ltd, assisted by independent expert scientists. The assessment’s findings will be peer reviewed by scientists. No decision regarding certification of the fishery’s sustainability will be taken before the process is completed.
MSC assessment is an opportunity to create dialogue between the fishery and various stakeholders.
Stakeholder involvement is essential to the assessment process and the MSC encourages anyone who would like to supply the certification body with information regarding this fishery to participate in this inclusive assessment process by contacting Chrissie Sieben (Chrissie.Sieben@macalister-elliott.com).
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