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Haddock and saithe fisheries receive IRFM recertification

Icelandic haddock, Melanogrammus aeglefinus. (Photo: Fisheries Norway)

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015, 02:00 (GMT + 9)
An independent certification committee of Global Trust/SAI Global has awarded re-certification to the the Icelandic haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) and saithe (Pollachius virens) fisheries. 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 certification is to the Icelandic FAO Based Responsible Fisheries Management Specification (Version 1.1). The assessment was in accordance with the third party, ISO65 accredited system of Global Trust/SAI Global, 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 haddock quota for the current fishing year (September 2014 – August 2015) is 30,400 tonnes, and for saithe, 58,000 tonnes.

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