A sustainable industry

TAC’s and quotas

The Danish fishmeal and fish oil industry fully complies with the EU fisheries management, which is based on maximum sustainable yield (MSY), a long-term management system designed to ensure the exploitation of living marine resources in sustainable economic, environmental and social conditions.

TACs (Total Allowable Catches) are decided by the Council of Fisheries Ministers on the basis of a proposal from the European Commission. This proposal is based on scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee (STECF) – a group of independent scientists established to advise the Commission on all aspects of fisheries policy.

The Commission’s proposal also reflects substantial input from stakeholders, particularly through the Advisory Councils (ACs).

The European fisheries on small pelagic fish species are MSC and MarinTrust certified – for example click here

In the EU and Europe quota settings on small pelagic fish species are based on scientific advice from ICES – to read the latest ICES advice click here

Forage fish fisheries in Europe have a minor negative impact on the biodiversity. “When does fishing forage species affect their predators?” – A scientific study was published in 2017 – more information click here