October 28, 2008


Lyons Seafoods launches MSC certified cold water prawns


Lyons Seafoods, Europe's leading processor of king prawns, has launched the first ever range of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified cold water prawns in the UK.


The MSC is the world's leading certification and eco-labelling programme for sustainable wild caught seafood and its blue MSC logo provides a guarantee to customers that the products are sourced in a way that safeguards seafood supplies for present and future generations.


Paul Vita, commercial director at Lyons Seafoods, said the company's vision is to move towards becoming a 100 percent sustainable shellfish industry and continue to minimize the environmental impact. The addition of MSC certified cold water prawns serves as a significant step towards achieving their goal.


Working for more than two years with suppliers to achieve MSC status which recognizes the prawns are sustainable and responsibly fished and to attain full chain of custody certificate for their factory in Warminster, Lyons Seafoods ultimate aim is to be able to supply all cold water prawns from certified sustainable sources.

The launch is another first for Lyons Seafoods which has an established track record of leading the seafood market. The company was the first in the UK to introduce tiger prawns, the first in Europe to launch organic prawns in 2001 and in 2006 the first seafood company in Europe to require all its major suppliers of farmed prawns to be Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) certified.


As well as MSC certified cold water prawns from Canada, Lyons Seafoods has for some time offered customers MSC certified Patagonian scallops.

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