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Iceland Sustainable Fisheries capelin MSC certified

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The Iceland Sustainable Fisheries (ISF) capelin fishery is the first capelin fishery in the world to be MSC certified as a sustainable and well-managed fishery.

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The certification includes Icelandic vessels targeting capelin with pelagic trawl and purse seine in Icelandic waters. The fishing target area is in the Iceland, East Greenland, and Jan Mayen Area within the North-East Atlantic.

"At Iceland Sustainable Fisheries we are extremely pleased with the acknowledgement that the capelin fisheries have been assessed as sustainable," said Kristinn Hjálmarsson, project manager at ISF.

"For decades Icelandic fisheries have been moving strongly towards sustainability, since before sustainability was a word. The simple truth is that the Icelandic economy, the welfare and quality of living is built on the oceans resources.”

Iceland Sustainable Fisheries (ISF) was created to manage the MSC assessments of Iceland’s seafood landings.

ISF has already built up an impressive list of MSC certificates including Iceland’s cod, haddock, saithe, ling, golden redfish, lumpfish and two herring fisheries.

ISF is a membership organisation and seafood products sold as ‘MSC certified’ need to be sold via ISF members.

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