MSC Suspends all North East Atlantic Mackerel Certificates, Pending ICES Review of Stocks
The Scottish Pelagic Sustainability group and other clients with MSC certificates for mackerel expressed disappointment at the organization's unnecessary announcement of a suspension of the certificate.
The announcement came after an expedited audit begun in November 2018 confirmed that current harvests were above the ICES stock guidelines, because the 2018 NE Atlantic stock assessment estimated a downward trend in spawning biomass that put the stock below its reference limit.
Under this scenario, management actions should be taken to reduce fishing pressure, which has not happened...
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