Sustainable fisheries certificate

The MSC certificate and the Polish Naturalnie Bałtyckie label guarantee that the wild fish has been caught and processed according to the highest quality standards and in the most environmentally friendly way.

This blue and white logo is used for products certified by the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council). This stamp guarantees that the fish comes from sustainable fisheries that meet the strict environmental standards set by the MSC.

The MSC certificate is valid for 5 years and is audited annually. Fishermen must continuously improve their operations as a condition of certification. This is to ensure that fishing is carried out responsibly and to encourage fishermen to use newer and better ways of preserving the marine environment.

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MSC standards

The MSC certificate guarantees that fish and seafood from a given fishery can be enjoyed by us and future generations. This is because fisheries are managed in a way that maintains the structure, productivity, function and diversity of the marine ecosystem.

Adherence to the MSC standards is ensured by independent experts who regularly check whether a fishery meets the certification criteria. The same rules also apply to producers. The blue MSC certificate can only be awarded to products made from fish that originate from certified fisheries that are stable and well managed.

Sustainably caught fish

There are more than 30,000 sustainably caught fish and seafood products available worldwide.
When shopping, choose fish and seafood with a blue logo.

There are ongoing efforts to obtain a certificate for the Polish sprat and herring fisheries (e.g. by Kołobrzeg
Fish Producers Group) and flatfish. The assessment processes are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020.

Fish from sustainable fisheries

Already nearly 1,000 products with the blue MSC label can be found in Polish shops - both in popular supermarkets and in small neighbourhood shops.

Certified fish and fish products are available in shops of chains such as: Lidl, Carrefour, ALDI, Kaufland, Biedronka, Makro Cash & amp; Carry.

Producers whose products are marked with MSC certificates include: FRoSTA (only wild fish and seafood), Mirko (most MSC-certified herring products on the Polish market), SEKO, King Oscar, Sushi Factory, Contimax, HiPP, Bobovita, Danone, Lisner, Suempol.

More than half of the processing companies in Poland, such as the Kołobrzeg-based Fish Producers Group, can also boast the MSC certificate.

More than half of the processing companies in Poland, such as the Kolobrzeg-based Fish Producers Group, can also boast the MSC certificate.

On, you can search for MSC-certified fish and seafood products available in Poland.

10 reasons to choose an MSC-certified product

  • Protect the resources of the seas and oceans. Globally, as much as 90 per cent of fish stocks are overfished or fished at the highest possible level. This is currently one of the biggest environmental challenges in the world!
  • You are protecting the complex ecosystems of the seas and oceans. MSC-certified fish come from sustainable fisheries, which are those that leave more fish in the seas and oceans, favour other marine animals and have less impact on the marine ecosystem.
  • Conserve the many species of animals that inhabit the seas and oceans. Sustainable fishing, by minimizing bycatch, not only promotes wild fish populations, but also the conservation of seabirds and marine mammals and other endangered species.
  • You are guaranteed that the fish comes from legal and reliable sources. So-called traceability is one of the main principles of the MSC certification standards. This system allows you to monitor the supply chain, thus preventing endangered fish and seafood from entering the market.
  • You get a ready-made solution. You don't need to be an expert to know which fish and seafood to choose. Just put the product with the blue MSC mark in your shopping basket.
  • You are supporting people whose livelihoods directly or indirectly depend on the fishing industry. Oceans provide livelihoods for 1/10 of the world's people. Ocean devastation threatens coastal fishing communities and economies in many regions around the world.
  • You can buy with complete confidence. Processors, shops and restaurants that work with MSC must guarantee that fish and seafood come from sustainable fisheries and are not mixed with uncertified products.
  • There is plenty to choose from: proposals for every budget. You'll find the blue MSC mark in shops all over the world, whether on popular herrings or on luxury caviar.
  • You are helping to make a difference. By choosing the MSC blue label, you support fishermen who manage fisheries sustainably. You encourage retailers to source from certified suppliers, and this encourages new fishermen to join the programme.
  • You are providing fish and seafood for future generations. You can enjoy fish and seafood knowing that it will still be abundant tomorrow.



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