- Certifier :
- Control Union Pesca Ltd
- Certified status :
- Certified since :
- 17 Apr 2012
- Certificate expires :
- 16 Oct 2022
Cod is the most iconic fishery species of the North Atlantic. It can be found from the surface down to around 600m depth, but is most abundant between 150m and 200m.
Haddock, which is closely related, has a similar geographic range to cod. It tends to be found slightly shallower than cod, preferring a depth range of ~75-200m, although it can also be found down to 600m.
The three certified Euronor vessels use otter boards (trawl doors) of 8.3m2, with 140mm mesh. The Grande Hermine uses 2000 kg trawl doors of 7.2m2. The Grande Hermine, belonging to the Compagnie des Pêches Saint-Malo, uses 140mm mesh in winter and 150mm in summer, since in the fishery’s experience this helps to avoid catching juvenile fish during the summer. The legal minimum mesh size is 130mm.
The trawl must also include a sorting grid. Regulations require a 50mm grill, but Euronor and the Grande Hermine use an 80mm grill. This also helps to eliminate small fish without damage.
When fishing at Bear Island, Svalbard, the vessels use an escapement panel of 160-170mm square mesh during late June and July, again to eliminate juvenile fish.