By using innovative freezer trawlers with on-board processing and freezing space, our members can integrate all aspects of the supply chain from the catching and processing to the distribution and exporting of pelagic fish. Whilst these vessels are larger than most other pelagic trawlers to account for freezing space (which makes up around 70% of the vessel’s size), this approach to fishing limits their carbon footprint by reducing the number of outings and therefore fuel consumption.
Fishing has been an important source of food for countless people for thousands of years. If we all work hard to strengthen the ties between all stakeholders and continue science-based fisheries management, fishing will remain a sustainable and responsible food supply. Pelagic fish from PFA members is a responsible fishery based on responsible and scientific management and makes an important contribution to global food security.
The PFA is committed to maintaining a sustainable fishery for pelagic fish stocks, and collaboration with science and research is integral to achieving this aim.
Our members are responsible fishers, fishing within set quotas to support sustainable management of pelagic stocks.
The PFA was officially established in 2000. Since then, there have been lots of developments in the pelagic sector, as well as in the organisation itself. Learn more about the PFA’s history:
The PFA is officially established.
MSC certification is achieved for its North Sea herring fishery – the first major European fishery to achieve this.
PFA starts its own research programme, one of the first fishing industry bodies to do so.
First PFA self-sampling report released, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to informed and sustainable fisheries management.
PFA signs the European Green Deal which aims to preserve and protect Europe’s seas and oceans.