Norway's loss of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) eco-label for inshore Atlantic cod and haddock -- the latest high-profile certificate loss for the country following the loss of mackerel, blue whiting and herring fisheries -- is proof that the certification scheme is robust and functioning as it should, according to the head of the eco-label group's North Atlantic operations.

"It shows there is a line in the sand where a fishery can pass or fail,” Gisli Gislason, senior fisheries outreach manager for MSC in the North Atlantic, told IntraFish.