Certifier : 
Certified status : 
Certified since : 
07 Nov 2013
Certificate expires : 
07 May 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-1737 Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) Trawls - Bottom trawls - shrimp trawls 27 (Atlantic, Northeast) MSC-F-31405 (F-DNV-144850)
    UoC-0767 Northern prawn (Pandalus borealis) Trawls - Bottom trawls - shrimp trawls 27 (Atlantic, Northeast) MSC-F-31405 (F-DNV-144850)

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Catch by Species

Species Reported Catch Year Metric Tonnes
Northern prawn (Pandalus borealis) 2022 19,433
Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) 2022 1,534

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 28 May 2020 1 files

About this Fishery

The cold water prawn (Pandalus borealis) is also known as the pink or northern shrimp. It is distributed across the North Atlantic around the Barents Sea, Svalbard, Iceland and Greenland and south to the North Sea and Massachusetts, and across the North Pacific from the Bering Sea south to Japan and Oregon. All these areas have important commercial prawn fisheries.

The Estonia North East Arctic cold water prawn fishery operates in the Barents Sea and comprises four vessels. Offshore vessels can catch up to 300-400 tonnes of shrimp per trip, which usually last for 4-5 weeks. Assessments show the fishery has little impact on stock levels in the Barents Sea, which have remained close to carrying capacity since 1970.

Prawn is caught by small-mesh trawl gear. The minimum stretched mesh size is 35mm, but all the certified vessels use a mesh size of 44mm (although a smaller mesh size is allowed around Svalbard).  All trawls are equipped with obligatory sorting grids: prawn pass through these grids, while other species are directed out of the net, minimizing bycatch of juvenile fish. Rubber discs prevent the ground rope at the base of the net from making contact with the seafloor. 

Market Information

Shrimp from the fishery is sold primarily in Japan and the European Union.