Five-yearly MSC re-assessment to begin

A second re-assessment of the South African hake trawl fishery by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) was initiated in January.

The re-assessment is expected to take 11 months and it is likely that the outcome will be announced in the first quarter of 2015.

SADSTIA is the first hake client to have secured certification from the MSC, although some hake fisheries are presently engaged in the certification process.

The MSC certified the South African hake trawl fishery as sustainable and properly managed in 2004, and again in 2009. The organisation is the wild seafood certification body with the highest standard.

Under the current Fisheries Assessment Methodology annual audits take place through the entire five-year certification. A fishery wishing to continue with the process must then seek re-certification and undergo a full re-assessment.

The second re-assessment will evaluate the fishery for compliance with the MSC Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Fishing. If the fishery meets these Principles and Criteria – as it has since 2004 – originating products then receive the privilege of continuing to display the prestigious MSC eco-label on packaging.

SADSTIA has appointed Intertek Fisheries Certification (IFC) to conduct the re-assessment of the hake fishery and Intertek has proposed a timeline for the assessment process.

Click here to view the announcement by Intertek Fisheries Certification.

Click here to view the proposed timetable for the assessment process.

Click here to find out more about the current certification of the South African hake trawl fishery by the MSC.