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Icelandic cod, haddock and saithe fisheries re-certified. An independent certification committee of Global Trust/SAI Global has re-certificated the Icelandic cod, haddock and saithe fisheries.

The certification demonstrates that the fisheries are managed in a responsible manner according to internationally recognised criteria and is a testament to the continued development of Icelandic fisheries. The certificate is valid for five years with annual surveillance assessments.

The certification is to the Iceland Responsible Fisheries Management Standard (IRFM, Version 2.0) The re-assessment was in accordance with the third party, ISO17065 accredited system of Global Trust Certification Ltd.  and provides a credible and independent certification of responsible fisheries management.

The assessment included a thorough review of the Icelandic fisheries management system including laws, regulations and operations; the Individual Transferable Quota system; data collection, research and stock assessment; enforcement activities and an assessment of the fisheries effects on the ecosystem. Overall, the assessment concluded that the management system and harvest control rules (HCR) adopted a precautionary approach, allowing for responsible harvesting and careful treatment of the wider ecosystem.

The quota (TAC) for the certified fisheries (Sept 2019 – August 2020) is:

Cod: 272.411 tonnes

Haddock 41.823 tonnes

Saithe: 80.588 tonnes

The certification reports for each fishery are posted on the IRF website