Dutch Cooperative Fishery Friend of the Sea Certification23 April 2013
THE NETHERLANDS - The Cooperative Fishery Organisation (CFO) has successfully undergone Friend of the Sea audit for sole, turbot, dab, cod and brill fished in the ICES Areas IV b and c and in the Dutch coastal waters and its products can now carry the international sustainability seal of approval.
The Producers Organisations who are member of the CFO operates in accordance with the Dutch national and EU requirements and with the code of Conduct for responsible Fisheries.
The fishery uses only gillnets and trammel nets with no impact on the seabed. It operates most of the times 10 miles from the coastal line, respectful of the spawning and nursery ground.
All discards and by-catches are reported and negligible. Databases are regularly inspected by the authorities. Official data records all fishing vessels movements and operations. Authorisation must be requested before the vessels leave to the fishing area and when they get back to the harbor to unload the catch.
“Friend of the sea certification represents an important added value for our products," explains Jaap Hennekeij, Chairman of the Cooperative Fishery Organization “and we are proud to have obtained this important acknowledgment.”
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