Species scientific name: Gadus morhua
FAO area: 27
Fishing methods: Long line – Jigging – snurrevad – fixed nets
Basic description of the fleet/fishery
Fishery client: Orkla.
Fishing area: FAO area 27, ICES subarea IIa.
Fishing vessels: Vessels audited on site as fleet samples: NT-81-V; N-51-F; N-00254- VV; N-0325- VV; N-45-VV; F-43-BD; F-60-G.
Fishing method: Long line, jigging, snurrevad and fixed nets.
Certified species: Scientific name / Common name
Gadus morhua / Atlantic cod;
The fisheries Norwegian authority is the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), which together with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), monitors the Lofoten area. In the fishing area, the bases for the ocean management are the advices from ICES and the surveys from IMR and Russian research Center. The Atlantic cod stock is managed by a system of fishing quotas.
Stock status summary
According to ICES, Atlantic cod stock is not overexploited and overfished.
Bycatch / discards
Bycatch of non-commercial species is very low and does not include any IUCN red list species. The main bycatch species are tusk, plaice, haddock, saithe and redfish. The whole catch is landed and sorted by the landing facilities. Fishermen are paid a small price for bycatch species, encouraging them to bring everything to land. Discards are illegal.
The fleet operates only in the Lofoten area, outside protected areas. Each vessel has a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS), monitored by the coast guard. Management approach measures are taken fixing Total Allowable Catches (TAC) and gear constraints to use in the event that the stocks status drop below the target level. All gears in contact with the seabed are passive gears.
Social Accountability performance
The fleet complies with the human rights and labour regulations of Norway.
Conclusion with reasons for approval
The fleet complies with Friend of the Sea requirements, without any non-conformities.