Friars Pride have been re-affiliated a MSC Certificate. We are extremely proud of this certification as there are many rigorous criteria’s which need to be met to gain certification. The MSC run the only certification and ecolabelling program for wild-capture fisheries consistent with United Nations best practice guidelines for ecolabelling and certification.
When asked what he thought of the certification, Nigel Swepson, Finance and Operations Director said, “Friars Pride are over the moon. We understand how important this is to our customers, which is important to us. It is a great recognition for us.”
What Does MSC Mean?
In 1997 two global organisations, WWF and Unilever, developed the MSC Certificate in the hope to tackle the issue of seafood sustainability. Their vision together is to see the world’s oceans full of life, and seafood supplies safeguarded for this and future generations.
To become a MSC Certified supplier you have to meet the following three core criteria:
- Sustainable Fish Stocks – The fishing activity must be at a level which ensures it can continue indefinitely
- Minimising Environmental Impact – Fishing operations must be managed to maintain the structure, productivity, function and diversity of the ecosystem.
- Effective Management – The fishery must comply with relevant laws and have a management system that is responsive to changing circumstances
Within the main three criteria’s there are 28 performance indicators that need to be met. These are tested by independent conformity assessment bodies to score the fishery and are re-tested on an annual basis.