Fishermen and public support environmental certification!
16th of November, Murmansk. Under the initiative of WWF and The Union of the Fishing industry, the workshop «MSC certification: the costs and the benefits» took place.
The spokespersons were Camiel Derichs (MSC), Konstantin Zgurovsky (WWF Russia Marine Coordinator), Vasiliy Nikitin (Director General of The Union of the Fishing industry).
Experts introduced the MSC standards and assessment process to stakeholders (fishermen, regional government), overviewed the situation in Russia and all over the world, received an update on the assessment/certification of the Barents Sea Cod and Haddock, learned more about the Russian fisheries in the North Atlantic and fishermen’s attitude to eco-certification.
“On 26 of May WWF Russia andThe Union of the Fishing industrysigned the Agreement about conservation cooperation aimed marine living resources protection and usage improvement, - says Konstantin Zgurovsky, WWF Russia expert and workshop moderator. – This event seems to be the practical step in Agreement implementation. It shows our mutual understanding and joint aims with fishermen”.
“After Norwegian fishery made the certification, I think, we should do the same. It makes us to tell about the environmentalefficiency, cause we work at the same sea and have joint living resources, - said Vasiliy Nikitin. – An year ago we applied to Federal Fishery Agency with such initiative and said we are ready to became the client of MSC certification of all Barents Sea cod and haddock fishery”.
On the workshop different point of view on MSC certification mechanism were discussed. But all participants agreed that today the certificate is not only the voluntary sign of fishermen environmental responsibility, it’s the real market demand and reason to open new retail perspectives. As a result of the workshop, the final decision was made.