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30 Apr 2009
Certificate expires : 
30 Jan 2025


Norway’s spring spawning herring fishery first achieved certification in April 2009 and was recertified in July 2014.

The spring spawning herring is highly migratory: it can be found around the North East Atlantic, spreading into the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of Norway, Russia, Iceland, EU and the Faroe Islands. The stock is caught by purse-seine (nets with lines that pull them together like a bag or purse) and pelagic (mid-water) trawl vessels. The herring spawns along the Norwegian west coast between February and March. 

"The certification of our Atlanto-Scandian herring fishery confirms that the stock is in good shape. It is managed well and fishing mortality is kept in line with a long term management plan for the stock. Our purse seine fishery has nearly zero bycatch. You wouldn’t believe that it is this same stock that almost disappeared 40 years ago"
- Otto Gregussen, Secretary General of the Norwegian Fishermen’s association.

The fishery now has an international management plan in place. Because of the migratory nature of this species, the herring stock needs to be shared fairly across nations. This was required in order for the fishery to achieve MSC certification and ensures that there is enough fish left in the sea to breed.