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Lloyds Register (Acoura)
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Certified since : 
22 Feb 2011
Certificate expires : 
25 Oct 2020


Saithe (also called coley) is a whitefish closely related to pollock, common in the North Atlantic. The fish mature at around 5-7 years and spawn along coastal banks, mainly in February when the water temperature is 6-10°C. Following spawning, larvae settle in inshore areas and migrate to the coastal areas at 2-4 years of age. Smaller saithe feed on crustaceans, while larger saithe more commonly feed on fish.

Around 150 vessels belonging to the Danish Fishermen’s Producer Organization (DFPO) target saithe. Large vessels, typically longer than 15m, use demersal or bottom otter trawl (single, twin and pair) towed fishing gear. Danish fishers also use gillnets and Danish seines to target saithe.

The fishery has various strategies in place for managing and minimising bycatch of other species, particularly juvenile cod. The saithe fishery is thought to be unlikely to overlap with sensitive habitats, but the DFPA is contributing to efforts to map  fishing activities and habitats in order to identify and minimise impacts.

The scope of the fishery was extended with the cod stock entering assessment in 2016. 

Nets being hauled image © Fiskeritidende