The director of the Marine Stewardship Council's (MSC) North Atlantic region took a swipe at politicians for failing to reach an agreement on key Northeast Atlantic pelagic stocks, but expressed optimism a deal would eventually emerge.

Last week, negotiators from North Atlantic countries and the European Union completed their annual meeting discussing the three main pelagic stocks -- herring, mackerel and blue whiting -- in the Northeast Atlantic, failing once again to come to an agreement on distribution of the quota for each species.