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- Certified status :
- Certified since :
- 06 May 2014
- Certificate expires :
- 06 Nov 2024
Certified in 2014, this fishery targets the Atlantic cod and Atlantic haddock, both of which have populations in the Barents and Norwegian seas that are discreet enough to be considered and managed as a separate North East Arctic stock. Cod in these seas become mature at between five and ten years old, which is two to three years later than populations further south in the North Sea.
The fleet in this fishery is currently made up of three vessels, mainly using bottom trawls. The haddock is effectively a bycatch of the larger cod fishery, although in abundant years there are some directed trawls and longlines targeting haddock specifically.
A raft of enforcement measures exist to protect the stock and ensure sustainability for the future, covering both Norwegian and Russian EEZs in the fishery. These include minimum landing size (40cm), minimum mesh size for trawls (130mm) and Danish seines, maximum bycatch of undersized fish and non-target species, flexible area closures when large numbers of juveniles occur, and other seasonal and area closures.
Atlantic haddock (Melangrammus aeglefinus) image © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book