Certifier : 
Vottunarstofan Tun EHF
Certified status : 
Certified since : 
10 Sep 2014
Certificate expires : 
08 Oct 2019


The golden redfish (Sebastes norvegicus) is a species of rockfish found off the coasts of northern Europe and eastern North America. It is also known as rose fish, ocean perch, Atlantic redfish, Norway haddock, red perch and red bream. 

The Icelandic Sustainable Fisheries (ISF) golden redfish fishery is the first redfish fishery in the world to be certified as sustainable. The main fishing grounds, where most adult redfish are found, are at the edge of the continental shelf at 200-400m depth to the south and west of Iceland.

The certification includes a commitment to new scientific research and a robust, time-bound action plan that will help to protect coral garden habitats and sponge aggregations. The new research will examine the fishery’s impact on individual species on the seabed and put measures in place to help to protect them from damage by fishing operations.

This fishery also targets tusk/cusk (Brosme brosme) and Blue ling (Molva dypterygia). These components entered MSC assessment in 2017.

ISF Iceland golden redfish vessel image © Gunnar Þorsteinsson