Certifier : 
DNV
Certified status : 
Certified
Certified since : 
23 Feb 2018
Certificate expires : 
23 Aug 2023

Overview

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-1500 European sprat (Sprattus sprattus) Surrounding Nets - With purse lines (purse seines) 27 (Atlantic, Northeast) MSC-F-30034 (MSC-F-30034)
    UoC-1496 European sprat (Sprattus sprattus) Trawls - Bottom trawls 27 (Atlantic, Northeast) MSC-F-30034 (MSC-F-30034)
    UoC-1497 European sprat (Sprattus sprattus) Trawls - Midwater trawls 27 (Atlantic, Northeast) MSC-F-30034 (MSC-F-30034)
    UoC-1491 Lesser sand-eel (Ammodytes marinus) Trawls - Bottom trawls: Bottom trawl (including midwater trawl) 27 (Atlantic, Northeast) MSC-F-30034 (MSC-F-30034)
    UoC-1486 Lesser sand-eel (Ammodytes marinus) Trawls - Bottom trawls: Bottom trawl (including midwater trawl) 27 (Atlantic, Northeast) MSC-F-30034 (MSC-F-30034)
    UoC-1490 Lesser sand-eel (Ammodytes marinus) Trawls - Bottom trawls: Bottom trawl (including midwater trawl) 27 (Atlantic, Northeast) MSC-F-30034 (MSC-F-30034)
    UoC-1492 Norway pout (Trisopterus esmarkii) Trawls - Bottom trawls 27 (Atlantic, Northeast) MSC-F-30034 (MSC-F-30034)
    UoC-1493 Norway pout (Trisopterus esmarkii) Trawls - Midwater trawls: Midwater trawl (including purse seine) 27 (Atlantic, Northeast) MSC-F-30034 (MSC-F-30034)

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Catch by Species

Species Reported Catch Year Metric Tonnes
European sprat (Sprattus sprattus) 2020 10,000
Lesser sand-eel (Ammodytes marinus) 2020 244,379
Norway pout (Trisopterus esmarkii) 2020 63,777

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 may be vessels or other client group members (client group members may be companies that own vessels and/or companies that are named as eligible to handle product from that fishery).

Documents Published on Files
Vessel List 30 Jan 2018 1 files

About this Fishery

The Norwegian fishery for North Sea sprat mainly uses trawls and, to much lesser extent, purse seine nets. Sprat fishing in the North Sea is dominated by a Danish fleet. 

Denmark and Norway are the dominant players catching sandeel. The fishery is now very limited in the Norwegian exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and is regulated by a total allowable catch (TAC). 

Fishing for pout is conducted with fine mesh trawls in deep water along the Norwegian Trench towards Fladen. The landings had a peak in 1974 at 740,000 metric tons (MT) but the fishery has been strictly regulated since then with large area closures and bycatch limitations. In 2010 mandatory sorting grids were introduced to further limit bycatch.

Market Information

The main products are fish meal and fish oil, feeding into global markets. The aquaculture industry is a major recipient.