- Certifier :
- Acoura Marine Limited trading as LRQA
- Certified status :
- Certified since :
- 25 Jun 2013
- Certificate expires :
- 27 Feb 2024
The Barents Sea is one of the most important fishing grounds for cod and haddock, and both species play an important role in the ecosystem as a top-tier predators. Reliable stock assessments suggest that populations in the Barents Sea and Norwegian Sea are in very good shape, and there are robust and well-established management plans in place. Cooperation between Russian and Norwegian fisheries authorities and scientists is strong.
The Fishing Industry Union of the North (FIUN) is the largest union of small and medium -sized fishing companies in Russia. Most of the vessels in the assessed fleet are demersal stern (or bottom otter) trawlers able to fish offshore in all conditions. Both cod and haddock fisheries use the same fishing methods.
Three of the vessels in the fleet are long-liners, 48m in length, and are equipped with full freezing facilities to store both bait and catch. These carry up to 36,000 hooks set at 1.8-2m intervals on lines whose total length varies according to weather and fishing grounds, but which are typically many kilometres long.
As a condition of certification, the FIUN cod and haddock fisheries have committed to putting in place effective management measures to limit impacts on other retained species. It must also demonstrate that it is highly unlikely to cause serious or irreversible harm to marine habitats.
Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) image © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book