The Danish Fisheries Association claim the coastal mussel fishery in Limfjord does not need a government review
The Danish Fisheries Association has questioned the Minister for Fisheries decision to investigate the MSC Certified coastal mussel fishery in the Limfjord.
The Danish Fisheries Association has been working for years to ensure that coastal fishing for mussels in the Limfjord is sustainable.
The fishery is sustainability certified with the MSC label, just as the fishing industry on its own initiative has adopted stricter requirements for the gear that may be used in the Limfjord than the authorities had originally introduced.
Therefore, it surprises the Danish Fisheries Association that Minister of Fisheries Rasmus Prehn (S) now assesses the need to investigate whether coastal fishermen in the Limfjord fish with heavy and harmful gear, as stated in a press release issued by the Minister on Sunday 31 January.
“It is a key issue for the Danish Fisheries Association that fishing takes place sustainably. That is why we have had the mussel fishery sustainability-certified and the industry has also worked to get a requirement passed that fishing may only take place with light gear in the Limfjord. The requirement originally only covered fishing in Natura2000 areas, but on the initiative of the industry has been extended to apply to the entire Limfjord. In this way, we can ensure that fishing affects the marine environment as little as possible, so that sustainable fishing can be conducted in the future. Therefore, it surprises me that the Minister assesses that there is a need to investigate whether the fishermen use too heavy gear, now that the rules are the same for everyone, and we ourselves have made sure that they were tightened,” says Svend-Erik Andersen, chairman of the Danish Fisheries Association.
The press release issued states that Minister of Fisheries Rasmus Prehn is ready to enter into a dialogue with the fishing industry about the conditions in the Limfjord. This invitation is viewed positively in the Danish Fisheries Association, which would like to work together to ensure that fishing in the Limfjord
“Coastal fishing for mussels in the Limfjord is an important fishery that contributes to growth and employment in Central and North Jutland, and mussels are among the most climate-friendly foods. We want to stick to that, and therefore we would like to collaborate with the Minister on solutions that can ensure that fishing becomes even more sustainable economically as well as environmentally,” concludes Svend-Erik Andersen, chairman of the Danish Fisheries Association.
Finally, the Danish Fisheries Association states that the fishery, in addition to the gear requirements, is also subject to a requirement that the vessels must have a so-called black box, which means that the Danish Fisheries Agency monitors the fishery and ensures that applicable rules are complied with. DTU Aqua has also stated that fishing for mussels in the Limfjord over an entire year affects the seabed as much as a single day of stormy weather, which emphasized that the fishing is sustainable.
The Danish Fisheries Association will contact the Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Rasmus Prehn with a request for a meeting.