MSC Fisheries Update - 8 September 2011 Fiji Albacore longline Submitted by Anonymous | 12 / Sep / 2011
Read updates about the progress of the following fisheries in the MSC program and find out when stakeholder input is invited on a fishery assessment or certification:
The certification body, Intertek Moody Marine, has announced that the Fiji albacore tuna longline fishery is now entering the information gathering phase of the assessment. The primary objective of this stage is to collect information on the fishery and in particular to speak to representatives of the fishery, fishery management bodies and other stakeholders of the fishery. Meetings will be carried out during the week 9 to 15 October 2011 in Suva, Fiji.
Because this assessment will use the Risk-Based Framework, the certification body will request stakeholders to participate at meetings to obtain qualitative information about this fishery.
Any stakeholder with information on this fishery that should be considered in the assessment, or who wishes to meet with Intertek Moody Marine should contact Jo Akroyd or Paul Knapman, no later than 2 October 2011.
The certification body, Food Certification International Ltd., has announced that the OHV Dutch Waddenzee and Oosterschelde Hand Raked cockle fishery has entered full assessment. Initially FCI seeks to open a dialogue with all organisations or individuals with a direct interest in the fishery.
Anyone wishing to provide comments or information to the assessment process (relevant to the status of the stock, ecosystem interactions or fishery management practices) is invited to contact Melissa McFadden.
The certification body, Food Certification International Ltd., has put forward nominations for the fishery assessment team that will be responsible for assessing the OHV Dutch Waddenzee and Oosterschelde Hand Raked cockle fishery against the MSC Standard.
Any stakeholder wishing to provide comments on the suitability or otherwise of any of the nominees is invited to contact Melissa McFadden no later than 5pm GMT, 18 September 2011.
The 15 working day period during which parties could have lodged an intent to object to the Certification Body, Det Norske Veritas (DNV), determination that the SPPO North East Atlantic mackerel fishery should be certified closed on 2 September 2011. No objections were received and the determination therefore holds. The new certificate will be in effect for 5 years, contingent on the fishery successfully completing annual audits of its status against the MSC standard.
The MSC ecolabel may now be applied to catches taken from this fishery after the agreed eligibility date of 15 August 2011, by those companies with appropriate Chain of Custody certification in place.