Certifier : 
Bureau Veritas Certification
Certified status : 
Certified since : 
28 Nov 2013
Certificate expires : 
25 Oct 2029


Fisheries are composed of one or more parts, each of which is entitled to receive an MSC certificate. These parts or “units” are defined by their target stock(s), fishing gear type(s) and if relevant vessel type(s), and the fishing fleets or groups of vessels.

When the term “Unit of Certification” is used for fishing units that are in assessment, it refers to the “Unit of Assessment” or “Unit of potential certification”. Expand a status below to view the parts that form this fishery. To check the detailed scope, download the latest certificate or open the Assessments page to get the latest report. Find out more by visiting our page on Fisheries

Units of Certification & Certificate Information

  • Certified
    MSC UoC Number Species Gear Type Ocean Area Certificate Code
    UoC-0740 Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) Trawls - Bottom trawls 27 (Atlantic, Northeast) MSC-F-30028

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Catch by Species

Species Reported Catch Year Metric Tonnes
Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) 2022 6,702

Information is provided by an independent Conformity Assessment Body as live weight (the weight of species at the time of catch, before processing) and where a fishing season covers multiple years, the end year is given as the reported catch year. Additional information is available in the latest report, see the assessments page.

Eligibility, client groups and vessel lists

A fishery may choose to define the members of the fishery certificate. These members can be vessels or other client group members (e.g. companies that own vessels and/or companies that are named as eligible to handle certified product covered within the fishery certificate scope). Please refer to the fishery certificate statement on additional product specific eligibility criteria (e.g. product eligibility limitations, eligibility date, exclusive points of landing and the point where Chain of Custody certificate is required). Please consult the fishery Public Certification Report for product eligibility rationale.

Documents Published on Files
Vessel List 10 May 2019 1 files

About this Fishery

AGARBA (the Spanish Association of Cod Fishing Ship Owners) operates four vessels in the Barents Sea, in the Arctic Ocean. It holds two-thirds of total cod quotas in the Barents Sea and the Northwest Atlantic.

The Barents Sea is the main nursery and feeding area for northeast Arctic cod. Stock levels are in good health.

The fishery operates a bottom otter trawling method using nets with a mesh of at least 14.5cm, to ensure only larger fish are caught. 

"In a sector under constant scrutiny and under intense pressure from conservation organisations, businesses, associations and stakeholders in general, we must not be afraid to submit to third-party sustainability appraisals in which these stakeholders participate." - Iván López, chairman, AGARBA

Market Information

The main markets are Spain and Portugal where 90% of the product is sold as frozen cod fillets, and 10% as salted cod.