The Guardian ran an article on sustainable fish sales in the UK:
Paul Johnston, a leading Aberdeenshire Councillor welcomed the news published in the article that MSC certified fish sales rose 41% during the last year.
“The idea of certification, while still imperfect, is the best measure we have of a sustainable management of fish stocks. The UK consumer has grasped this and much of the rise can be put down to the publicity generated by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall along with other chefs, Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay when he ran a series of TV show around the sustainable fish theme. Hugh’s campaign against discards has won over the EU Commissioner – but more importantly has got the backing online of 3/4 million consumers.”
“This makes it one of the most successful consumer led campaigns ever and these figures demonstrate its success” said Paul.
Councillor Johnston welcomed the part played by many Scottish fishermen who have worked to gain MSC status for previously declining but now growing key stocks such as Haddock and Mackerel.
“MSC status for key products such as North Sea Haddock will be of benefit to Scottish catchers and processors. They deserve consumer support. ”
Cllr Johnston is a member of Aberdeenshire Council’s Fisheries Working Group and is leader of the Democratic Independent Group on Aberdeenshire Council. Paul has long connections with the Fisheries sector and has been a term exponent on better fisheries management and reform of the CFP.