Sæmark’s Icelandic longline cod and haddock meet FoS sustainability criteria

SaemarkSæmark cod and haddock have gained Friend of the Sea seal of approval. Following a third party audit run on site by an international certification body and based on the best available science data, the Icelandic long line fishery was found compliant with Friend of the Sea sustainability criteria.

Cod and haddock, fished in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean (FAO area 27), are neither overexploited nor overfished. The fish stock status is yearly monitored by the Directorate of Fisheries.

The fleet does not operate in marine protected areas. The spawning and nursery grounds are systematically closed to fishing by the national authority. Discards are between 3% and 5%. The by-caught species are not included in the IUCN Redlist. The fishery uses only hooks which cause no impact on the seabed.

Sæmark has an effective Chain of Custody which guarantees that no mixing occurs between approved and non-approved products.

“Consumers are more and more demanding for sustainability and Sæmark has always given highest relevance to environmental conservation and marine habitat conservation”, claims Mr. Kristjan Dui Benediktsson, Quality Manager of Sæmark. “Friend of the Sea certification confirms our efforts are well directed”.


For 30 years Sæmark Seafood has provided its loyal customers with top quality products, the finest fish available, and excellent service with flexibility and expediency.
Saemark’s trademark is its unique supply chain, built on strong partnership with major entities in the Icelandic fish industry.
Experience and powerful transportation network have made it possible to deliver top quality products on daily basis worldwide.

Friend of the Sea
Friend of the Sea is an international certification program for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Over 400 companies in more than 50 countries have relied on Friend of the Sea to assess the sustainability of their seafood origins. Audits, based on best and most updated available scientific data, are run by accredited independent certification bodies.