Northeastern Norwegian Arctic cod gets recertification
Norwegian offshore cod from the northeastern Arctic will be recertified from August 15, 2021, while inshore cod from the northeastern Arctic will no longer be MSC certified, the Marine Stewardship Council has confirmed.
Previous MSC certifications included inshore and offshore Northeast Arctic cod stocks, but fishery client Norges Fiskarlag decided to request a reassessment against the MSC Fisheries Standard for its offshore fishery only.
The certification follows an objection process that ended last month after extensive consultation between the Fisheries Client (Norges Fiskarlag), the Conformity Assessment Body (CAB), DNV and the objector, WWF.
The agreement between the parties called for fishery client Norges Fiskarlag to commit to an action plan to examine alternative measures to further reduce goldfish bycatch and help rebuild the stock.
The accepted proposals have now been implemented by DNV in a public certification report for cod fishing outside 12 nautical miles.
Tor Björklund Larsen, Senior Advisor at the fishing client, Fiskarlaget, says: “We are delighted that the certification process for cod fishing outside of 12 nm has been completed. Meanwhile, we are already in an ongoing re-assessment preparation process for the inshore component of the fishery, and we have engaged with the Marine Research Institute and our management authorities to resolve the current challenge with the stock of coastal cod. Our clear goal is to see MSC certificates reinstated for coastal cod and haddock very soon. ”