Scottish fishermen have been active in gaining independent verification of the environmental and sustainable credentials of their industry. The have been quick to engage in internationally recognised programmes to add value and recognition to their seafood offering. This has served to enhance Scotland’s reputation as a leader in responsible fishing methods a commitment to supplying sustainable products.

All Scottish fishing vessels are licensed based on their size, where they fish and what they catch. This helps maintain the size and catching capacity of the fleet.

Nearly all Scottish catches are limited by a Total Allowable Catch (TAC or Quota). Based on scientific advice, TACs are apportioned by EU and neighbouring States and decided annually by the European Council.

For more information about the key accreditation schemes utilised by Scotland’s seafood industry click here



Marine Stewardship Council.

The Marine Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organisation. We recognise and reward efforts to protect oceans and safeguard seafood supplies for the future.

Protect Geographic Indications.

The protected geographical indications (PGI) identify an agricultural product, raw or processed, which quality, reputation or other characteristics are linked to its geographical origin.

Label Rouge

A large number of regulatory measures restrict the type, design, construction or amount of fishing gear that Scottish fishermen can use. This helps to control fishing pressure and assists in targeting species more selectively.

RSPCA Assured

RSPCA Assured, previously Freedom Food, is the RSPCA’s ethical food label dedicated to farm animal welfare.



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