FCI team visits Murmansk and Kirkenes
October 2, 2012
A team from Food Certification International recently visited Murmansk in Russia and Kirkenes in northern Norway as part of the assessment process of the FIUN Barents & Norwegian Seas cod and haddock fishery.
This trawl and longline fishery is currently being assessed against the Marine Stewardship Council Sustainable Fishing Standard. One of the main purposes of the team visit led by Melissa McFadden, FCI Fishery Manager, was to assess the vessels operating in the fishery and to co-ordinate, investigate, collate and analyse their fishing information. The other members of the FCI delegation were Team Leader Dr Geir Honneland, Dr John Hambrey and Dr Paul Medley.
FIUN is a group of Russian fishing companies and individuals that have joined together under the one umbrella to enable the assessment of the fishery to take place. The group operates a mixture of over 30 trawlers and longline vessels.
The FCI team also held meetings with representatives from FIUN, Russian enforcement and research, as well as WWF Russia to facilitate the ongoing assessment process.
Melissa McFadden said: “The trip went well and we felt it was important to be able to visit the vessels at their landing ports to fit in with their normal fishing activities and not cause undue disruption.”
The team also used the opportunity of their trip to undertake a surveillance audit of the Barents Sea Cod and Haddock fishery that is operated by Russian trawlers and which FCI first certified two years ago.
“We are always looking to provide an efficient service as possible and it made sense to undertake the surveillance audit at the same time as our visit to assess the FIUN fishery,” said Melissa. “Such an approach makes the best use of time, prevents stakeholder fatigue and helps keep costs down.”