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Bureau Veritas Certification
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28 Nov 2013
Certificate expires : 
26 Oct 2024


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