The Scottish haddock fishery is now certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as a sustainable and well-managed fishery. The Scottish Fisheries Sustainable Accreditation Group (SFSAG) North Sea haddock certification follows a 20 month independent assessment against the Marine Stewardship Council standard.
The SFSAG fishery includes 192 boats fishing for haddock with a combination of fishing gears in the northern and central areas of the North Sea. Worth £34 million each year, the fleet catches 27,507 metric tonnes of haddock – most of which is sold in the European markets.
The first UK supermarket to stock MSC certified Scottish haddock will be Marks and Spencer. MSC labelled Scottish Smoked Haddock will be available in M&S stores from the 3rd November.