DWT helps introduce a world first in seafood labelling to Dorset
Monday 8th October 2018
(Above: Emma Rance with Tommy Russell Chairman of Poole and District Fishermans Association © Steve Simons)
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has been working local fishermen to demonstrate responsible standards whilst caring for the marine environment in Poole Harbour.
Fourteen vessels working the clam and cockle fishery are now certified through the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS). This validation on industry-agreed best practise is thanks to a positive collaboration with Poole & District Fisherman’s Association (PDFA) and Southern Inshore Fishery & Conservation Authority (IFCA) and funded by Resource Legacy Fund and Seafish.
The RFS aligns perfectly with the coveted recent certification for the fishery by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) which scrutinises the fishery for environmental sustainability, while their skippers and their vessels have been recognised for their high standards in environmental and social responsibility through the RFS. The MSC blue fish-tick label offers buyers recognition that the shellfish has been caught sustainably, providing traceability from sea to plate.
Rob Clark is Southern IFCA’s Chief Officer, he points to the importance of partnerships in achieving success; “The role of Dorset Wildlife Trust has been really important; the Trust have actively engaged with the development of management and it is a natural progression, that through the partnership, they have supported fishers in gaining recognition for the progress that has been made in developing a sustainable fishery.”
Emma Rance, Marine Conservation Officer for DWT assisted the fishermen with their RFS applications based on her experience managing the Great Dorset Seafood campaign 2011-15. She said, “This is a fantastic opportunity to show how fishermen are working conscientiously to help protect seabed habitats and wildlife. The project has improved dialogue, encouraging the sharing of marine sightings data and resulted in some great working relations.”
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 27,000 members and 44 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve and the Kingcombe Centre, Brownsea Island Nature Reserve, The Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas. Dorset Wildlife Trust registered charity number: 200222.
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