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MSC sustainable certification


We want to be able to continue fishing with our family business in the long term. So we fish in the most sustainable way possible. We embrace innovations in the field of selective and environmentally-friendly fishing techniques. We also often work together with researchers to support responsible management of fish stocks.

In the past few decades responsible management of the fish stocks has begun to bear fruit. Many of the pelagic and demersal fish stocks have already been healthy for years, or are showing clear signs of recovery. This makes it possible for us to obtain sustainable certification for our fishing activities.

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an independent international non-profit organisation that uses a system of certification to promote the most sustainable option for fish and fish products. And MSC is one of the most well-known labels among consumers. This is why we prefer MSC certification.

We currently have MSC certification for our following pelagic fisheries:
  • North Sea herring (since 2006, extended in 2011 and in 2017)
  • Atlanto herring (since 2010)
  • Mackerel (since 2009, re-certified in 2016)
  • Blue whiting (since 2016)
This means that 80-90% of our pelagic fishing is MSC certified. The certification process is co-ordinated by the Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association (PFA). The official certificates are available at the website of the PFA.

For fishing with demersal trawlers too, Cornelis Vrolijk is working towards demonstrating the sustainable nature of as many target species as possible. Currently certified for our demersal fishing is:
  • North Sea plaice – twin-rig and fly-shoot (since 2012)
MSC certification of our demersal fishing is co-ordinated by the Coöperatieve Visserij Organisatie (CVO). More information is available on the website of the CVO.