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Certified since : 
26 Apr 2010
Certificate expires : 
26 Apr 2026


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Catch by Species

Species Reported Catch Year Metric Tonnes
Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) 2018 93,839

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.

About this Fishery

Norway North East Arctic haddock consist of two fisheries which was first certified in April 2010 and recertified in October 2015.  

The main fishing methods used are trawl, longline, gill-net, Danish seine and hook and line gears.

This haddock can be found throughout the North Atlantic Ocean (from Cape Hatteras on the east coast of North America to the Celtic Sea, south of Ireland).

Although the same species of haddock is found throughout this geographic range, it forms a number of regional and local populations. These are sufficiently isolated from other populations that they can be managed as separate stocks. The population found in the Barents Sea, north of Norway, is one such stock; for assessment and management purposes it is known as the North East Arctic haddock stock. 

"Norway has a tradition for managing its fisheries in harmony with nature, and is internationally regarded as one of the world’s leaders in sustainable fisheries management. This is a story that we are proud to tell and the MSC-certification of Norwegian cod and haddock will strengthen this message. Third party verification on the message of sustainable seafood from Norway is a great way to ensure even more credibility in the market place for Norwegian suppliers" - Karin Olsen, Marketing Manager, whitefish, Norwegian Seafood Export Council (NSEC) (April, 2010)

Market Information

The fishery mainly sells to the European market.