Irish rope grown mussels achieve MSC certification

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02/08/19. NO FEE. NO REPRO FEE. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY.Picture shows, l-r, Mussel farmer, Michael Mulloy, Blackshell Farm Ltd who is also Chair of IFA Aquaculture; Jim O’Toole, CEO BIM and Jo Pollett, MSC UK and Ireland.Irish rope grown mussels achieve blue label from Marine Stewardship Council The Irish rope grown mussel fishery has today (August 2nd ) achieved Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. Bord Iascaigh Mhara(BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency, is the holder of this latest MSC certificate. The state agency also holds the certificate for the Irish bottom grown mussel fishery, which achieved certification in 2013.  This latest certification means the entire Irish mussel fishery under BIM management is certified. MSC is a non-profit international organisation set up to recognise and reward sustainable fishing practices through its globally recognised ecolabel and fishery certification programme. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY. NO FEE.

The entire Irish mussel fishery under Bord Iascaigh Mhara management is now certified after the Irish rope grown mussel fishery achieved MSC certification today.

BIM now holds both this Marine Stewardship Council certificate and the certificate for the Irish bottom grown mussel fishery, which achieved certification in 2013.

MSC is a non-profit international organisation set up to recognise and reward sustainable fishing practices through its globally recognised ecolabel and certification programme.

JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY.
Picture shows, l-r, Jim O’Toole, CEO BIM; Jo Pollett, MSC UK and Ireland; Louis Mulloy (son of Micheal Mulloy) and mussel farmer, Michael Mulloy, Blackshell Farm Ltd who is also Chair of IFA Aquaculture.

Jim O’Toole, CEO BIM spoke of the collaborative, cross-industry approach taken by BIM to achieve this result.

He said: “BIM’s strategy is to enable sustainable growth of the seafood sector in Ireland.”

“The prestigious certification achieved allows for a  unique national approach where all mussel growers operating in licensed harvest locations in Ireland can now label their mussels with the MSC ecolabel, showing that they are MSC certified as sustainable and from a well-managed fishery.

“Ireland’s mussel industry is export focussed and MSC certification of Irish rope grown mussels provides valuable evidence to the marketplace of the  sustainable environment in which  our seafood is produced.

“This recognition by the MSC means our seafood is produced to the highest standard and protects our aquaculture for future generations.”

Jim O’Toole celebrated the announcement during a visit to Blackshell farm in Westport, Co Mayo. He was joined by Jo Pollett, MSC UK and Ireland,  and mussel farmer, Michael Mulloy, Blackshell Farm Ltd who is also Chair of IFA Aquaculture.

Jo Pollett, MSC Senior Fisheries Outreach Officer, UK and Ireland, said:  “This is a significant achievement and great news for Irish mussels.

“BIM has shown ambition and leadership in  pushing for the sustainability of Irish fisheries. We’re really excited to have this fishery as part of the MSC programme and look forward to a healthy future for Irish mussels.”

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