The Marine Stewardship Council has recognised the partnership as a certification body for its environmental standard for well-managed and sustainable fisheries.
Martin Gill, executive director of Food Certification International, said the move could open the way for a number of UK fisheries to reap the advantages of MSC certification. Several fisheries have already gone down this route, including the prawn (nephrops) fishery in Loch Torridon and Thames herring.
“Food Certification International has a proven track record in third party certification for the fish industry while Nautilus Consultants has global expertise in fishery development and management,” Gill said.
“We are delighted to have won approval from the MSC as an independent certifier.”