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A second shot at regaining sardine certification

The Portuguese sardine fishing industry is being given another chance to regain its Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, in an audit that is scheduled to take place on December 13 and 14.

MSC labelled fish is officially certified sustainable seafood, which means that the fish products have been fished in industries that safeguard seafood supplies, to ensure a plentiful stock for future generations.

Portugal’s MSC fishery certificate was suspended in January 2012 as a consequence of an assessment which showed that sardine stock had fallen below the acceptable sustainable level off the country’s coast. Portugal at the time no longer met the MSC standard.

In order for the suspension to be lifted, the industry must be able to show that the action plan put into place in April 2012 has successfully addressed the causes of the suspension.