The independent assesssors responsible for certifying fisheries to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Fishery Standard announced Tuesday that all Atlanto-Scandian herring and blue whiting (kolmule) fisheries will be suspended from the program on Dec. 30, 2020.

The suspension affects eight certificates covering fisheries from the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Russia, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and most recently the United Kingdom, which claimed independent Coastal State status in 2020.