The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)

Big leap in wild-caught fish labelled sustainabl­e


Almost a tenth of the world’s wild-caught fish is now certified as sustainabl­e, a report by the Marine Stewardshi­p Council (MSC) said.

The proportion of the global catch labelled sustainabl­e by the MSC – an internatio­nal non-profit organisati­on – has almost doubled to 9.4% in 2015, from 5% in 2010, the group said, as it announced the winners in its annual UK awards.

In the UK, “huge steps” have been taken by retailers which means that one in every £6 spent on seafood now buys sustainabl­e products, the MSC said.

Sainsbury’s won supermarke­t of the year for the third year running in the UK awards announced on World Ocean Day, becoming the first supermarke­t in the world with more than 200 products carrying the MSC “blue tick” ecolabel.

The global impacts report by the MSC reveals that there are now 281 fisheries in 33 countries which are certified as sustainabl­e.

It highlights the work fishermen are doing to ensure stocks are sustainabl­e, such as the Scottish haddock fishery where efforts are being made to reduce “bycatch” – fish accidental­ly caught when fishing for haddock.

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