Iceland and Faroes grounds, Skagerrak, Norwegian Sea and Barents sea (FAO 27)
Demersal otter trawl, Danish seine, Set longlines, Handlines and pole-lines (hand operated), Fyke, Gillnets
A number of Atlantic cod fisheries have been MSC-certifiedMSC Certified:
Fisheries that comply with the Marine Stewardship Council assessment criteria and are certified. Fish products with the blue MSC label are caught by sustainable fisheries. since 2010. Other fish caught in these fisheries are MSC-certified haddock and pollock. Cod can be caught with a variety of gear, including: bottom trawl, gillnets, longline, fishing rods and Danish seines.
The cod fishery is mainly of economic importance to the Danes, Norwegians and Russians. Much of the cod that is sold in the Netherlands comes from the Barents Sea, Skagerrak or Icelandic waters. Since 2017, a large part of the cod catch from the North Sea was MSC-certifiedMSC Certified:
Fisheries that comply with the Marine Stewardship Council assessment criteria and are certified. Fish products with the blue MSC label are caught by sustainable fisheries.. In 2019 this certificate was withdrawn because the the North Sea collapsed.
When cod migrates to Norwegian coastal waters from January to April to reproduce, it is referred to as “Skrei”. This name comes from an old Norse word that means migrate. The meat is lean because of the energy the fished used for reproduction.