The Danish Minister of Fisheries has launched a new labelling scheme called NaturSkånsom
Fishermen who protect the marine environment can now label their fish with the state-controlled label NaturSkånsom according to a news scheme launched by the Danish Ministry for Fisheries.
The brand must inform consumers about which fish are caught using nature-friendly methods, support coastal fishing and protect the marine environment.
Minister of Fisheries Mogens Jensen says about the new labeling scheme:
“We can buy all kinds of vegetables, cereals and meat, where it is clear if it is produced sustainably. This must of course also apply to fish, and therefore this scheme is intended both as a support for the consumer, the fisherman and not least life in the ocean.”
Fish with the label NaturSkånsom must live up to the following requirements:
- The fish must be caught with gentle gear and be from a sustainable stock
- The fishing cutter must not be longer than 17 meters and the fishing trips must be short
- The fisherman must pass a quality course
With the NaturSkånsom label, Denmark is at the forefront globally with a state labeling scheme for fish caught with nature-friendly methods and consideration for the marine environment.
A sea of good reasons
In their press release, the Ministry for Fisheries say the fishermen who are part of the scheme may only fish with gentle gear such as longlines, nets and float trawls, which protect the vulnerable and valuable environment on the seabed, which is essential for a healthy ecosystem in the sea.
The fish caught must be from healthy stocks, and the fishermen in the scheme must pass a course to ensure fresh fish of the highest quality.
“In order to take the best possible care of our own health, our common climate and environment, we do not avoid changing our eating habits and cutting back on meat on a daily basis. And here fish is a really good alternative. With the label, we ensure high quality with great respect for fish stocks and the marine environment,” says Mogens Jensen.
The labeling scheme will be followed by a follow-up group consisting of representatives from the fishing industry, relevant nature and environmental organisations, research institutions and the Danish Fisheries Agency, which will help ensure that the scheme lives up to expectations of better information for consumers, respect for the marine environment and its development. local coastal fishing.
The Danish Fisheries Association welcomed the political focus on sustainable fishing and looks forward to the work with the scheme and the development of an even more sustainable fishery.
The new labeling scheme provides the opportunity to market fish caught close to the coast and with marine friendly gear. The Danish Fisheries Association, where the majority of Danish coastal fishermen are organised, views the new scheme positively and as well as recognising the potential of labeling schemes.
“Sustainability is a basic condition in Danish fisheries. We have therefore been working on sustainability for years. Today, 80% of our landings are already sustainability-labeled with the MSC label, so the work on labeling schemes is no stranger to us. Therefore, we are also looking forward to the work with the new scheme, and we hope that coastal fishing can get the best out of it,” says Allan Buch, chairman of the Danish Fisheries Association’s coastal committee.
There are opportunities for development
The Danish Fisheries Association claim that they are however annoyed that the labeling scheme uses a very narrow definition of sustainable fishing, which does not paint a precise picture of the advantages and disadvantages of certain types of fishing. More fisheries and fish should be covered by the scheme otherwise there will not be enough fish in the scheme. At the same time, the Danish Fisheries Association makes it clear that more measures are needed politically to promote more sustainable fishing.
“In the Danish Fisheries Association, we will do everything we can to promote a more sustainable fishery. Since the 90s, we have reduced CO2 emissions by 60%. We are proud of that, but we want even further and the potential is great. That is why we in the fisheries sector dream that the labeling scheme will be supplemented with support schemes that can promote investment in new green technology,” Allan Buch continues.