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Argentine red shrimp group targets MSC certification

Companies seeking the stamp include Grupo Veraz, Grupo Iberconsa, and Consermar-Newsan.

A group of companies which catch, process and sell Argentinean red shrimp are targeting Marine Stewardship Certification (MSC), in a bid to boost sales of the product in North American and European markets.

The Chubut, Argentina-based group seeking the stamp include Pesquera Veraz (Grupo Veraz), Iberpesca (Grupo Iberconsa), Cabo Vírgenes, Food Partners Patagonia, La Escalerona and Consermar-Newsan.

Over the past three years, the companies have been working in collaboration with the non-governmental organization (NGO) CeDePesca, the Chamber of Ship-Owners of Chubut’s Yellow Fleet and provisional fishing authorities, as part of a fisheries improvement project (FIP).

"Achieving this certification is very important to position Argentine red shrimp in the North American and European markets that are not yet accessible or that stopped taking it into account," said Federico Angeleri, commercial director of Grupo Veraz.

"We will gain back customers and we will consolidate the position of this product."

According to new MSC rules, during the first four months, Bureau Veritas will carry out a new audit of the fishery, and after that a public process will be initiated with the participation of all interested parties until the certification is achieved.

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