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Sustainable sourcing boost for lumpfish producers

Staff Writer |
The Norwegian lumpfish, ling and tusk fishery, has been deemed to meet the Marine Stewardship (MSC) sustainability standard.

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In total, this fishery landed 18,677 tonnes of ling (Molva molva), 14,798 tonnes of tusk (Brosme brosme), and 453 tonnes of lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus) in 2016.

Taking these volumes into account, this means that today 69% of all Norwegian fish landings are MSC certified.

The fishery is closely controlled through the Norwegian fisheries management system.

The certification process started in August 2016 when these fisheries experienced an increased demand for MSC certified seafood from their key markets.

In particular, the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association (NFA) sought to get the lumpfish fishery certified due to a demand for MSC certified roe and caviar from the Swedish market.

Lumpfish are also used to pick sea lice of salmon in marine cages and the certification of the Norwegian fishery follows on from the MSC accreditation of the Icelandic lumpfish fisheries and so will be viewed positively by those salmon farming companies who use lumpfish sourced from Norwegian stocks as cleanerifsh on their farms.

Ling and tusk are mainly processed as dried stockfish for the Swedish market, dried and salted clipfish for the Caribbean and Latin-American markets, and frozen and fresh fillets for the Western European markets.

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