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A Sustainable Baltic Cod Fishery within 3 Years?

Baltic Sea 2020, the Swedish Postcode Lottery and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) have agreed to work together to drive forward improvements to the environmental quality of the Baltic Sea.  A key objective is the expansion of the MSC fisheries certification and eco-labelling programme in the Baltic Region. As a first step, the MSC will establish an office in Stockholm and will deliver MSC services to fishers and the seafood industry in Sweden, Denmark and Northern Germany

The MSC offers the Baltic seafood industry the means to prove that it operates to the best global marine sustainability standard. Fish are a valuable part of the Baltic Sea ecological system.  The MSC will encourage responsible management of key species of fish in the Baltic Sea. This will help fish stocks to be maintained on a sustainable basis and help restore a more balanced fish population. The third party, science-based and independently conducted assessments undertaken through the MSC programme provide an assurance of sustainability in line with international best practice.

 The MSC works with fishers to increase the supply of sustainable seafood and with retailers, the food service industry and others in the supply chain to make sustainable seafood available to consumers. It also conducts consumer education campaigns to inform them about marine issues and how they can make the best environmental choices when buying seafood.

More Swedish schoolchildren will be able to choose sustainable seafood for lunch as a result of the new arrangements. The Fish and Kids Sweden project launched in Norrköping on 25th March aims to increase the amount of MSC-certified sustainable seafood eaten in Swedish schools, as well as provide curriculum-linked educational resources. The launch of the project is the first step in the establishment of the MSC in the Baltic Region.  It will be followed, possibly in the early autumn, by an event to introduce the head of the new MSC office, who is being recruited now.