Macduff is directly involved with the science and management processes that are critical to sustainable fishing. We continue to make investments to ensure that we are doing the right thing by the environment, which includes investing in government and academic partnerships, vessel surveys, biological sampling and data sharing.
Macduff plays a key role in the ongoing King scallop stock assessment in English waters, the first highly collaborative science project of its kind in the UK. As an industry partner on the Project Steering Board, we sit alongside government officials, scientists and other industry partners, directing the development of robust stock assessments for these important waters. We contribute funds to support the research and collect data at our processing facility through measurement of scallops for biological sampling. In 2016 and 2017 we provided a fishing vessel for scientific surveys.
As a leading shellfish company, it is our responsibility to understand differences in the health of various fish stocks and the strength of fisheries management systems in the areas we harvest and procure raw material from. As such, Macduff works closely with policy makers and fisheries managers, engages with pan-UK shellfish stakeholder forums and continues to invest in multi-stakeholder sustainability initiatives.
Macduff is an industry partner in MSC Project UK Fisheries Improvements (PUKFI), contributing funds and actively participating on the PUKFI Advisory Board and Steering Committees for scallops, crab and langoustines (Nephrops). Macduff collaborates with fishing industry partners, supply chain representatives, retailers, managers and other relevant stakeholders active in these fisheries. Our common interest is to develop and promote sustainable commercial fisheries by implementing an action plan that will see these fisheries improve to the point where they meet high levels of environmental performance, ultimately achieving Marine Stewardship Certification where possible.
We are also co-funding a comprehensive assessment of the UK scallop industry, covering all sectors and areas of operation.