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RUSSIA's Barents Sea cod and haddock fisheries have achieved Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification - succesfully completing a joint bid that began in March 2013.

Det Norske Veritas (DNV) presented the certificate to Igor Grekov, Production Manager, and Vitaliy Prutkov, Marketing Director, of ZAO Strelets and ZAO Eridan - the two Russian companies that jointly run the fisheries - at Brussels today.

Vitaliy Prutkov explains: "ZAO Strelets and ZAO Eridan have been taking part in a program of observance of sustainable fisheries and traceability of fishery products for many years. As the owners of the companies decided to rebrand their business and create a new supply chain, the question of our vessels' Barents Sea cod and haddock fishing and independent certification against MSC principles became acute. For us, the presence of such a certificate is more than just one more confirmation of the legality of fish catching, fishing regulations respecting and caring for future generations, but also a kind of ticket to new markets. More and more buyers of fish products ask us the same question at the first negotiation: "Do you have a MSC certificate?" Now we can reply, "Yes, we do."

Camiel Derichs, MSC Regional Director Europe, says: "Atlantic cod and haddock are key components of the global whitefish market. Various international fisheries targeting cod and haddock in areas ICES I and II are already MSC certified. It is a great accomplishment that the Russian Federation Barents Sea cod and haddock fisheries have now also successfully completed the MSC assessment. I want to congratulate the Eridan and Strelets team on this great result and look forward to working closely in the years to come to assure continued good results both in the water and in the markets".

Both ZAO Strelets and ZAO Eridan are present at the Seafood Expo Global in Hall 6, Booth 852.

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