- Certifier :
- Lloyds Register (Acoura)
- Certified status :
- Certified since :
- 06 May 2015
- Certificate expires :
- 03 Nov 2025
Greenland vessels target cod, haddock and saithe in the Barents Sea and the Northeast Atlantic. The cod stock in these waters is the largest stock in the world, and the fishery’s independent assessment reported that cod and haddock stocks, in particular, are in very good condition.
The fish are caught by three demersal trawler vessels – Sisimiut, Polar Princess and Ilivileq – over four months of the year. These large freezer trawlers are equipped with sorting grids to reduce catches of small fish. The fish are processed within hours on board.
The most vulnerable habitats, coral reefs and coral gardens in Norwegian and Russian waters have been mapped and are closed to demersal trawling, but the fishery is contributing to further research into seabed habitats.
Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) image © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book