The impending suspension of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification on a number of pelagic stocks in 2021 could have dire consequences for these species, and is a concerning sign for other MSC-certified fisheries in Norway, warned Paul Harald Leinebo, chairman of Norwegian fishing association Fiskebat Vest, during its digital annual meeting on Friday.

Last week, independent assessors responsible for certifying fisheries to the MSC standard said all Atlanto-Scandian herring and blue whiting fisheries would be suspended from the program on Dec.