Norway North East Arctic saithe
Certified as sustainable on 14 June 2008.
Species: North Sea saithe (Pollachius virens)
Location: The Norwegian Sea, ICES Sub-areas I and II, within the Norwegian Exclusive Economic Zone.
Fishing methods: Trawl, gill-net, purse-seine, Danish seine and handline (including electronic winches – multiple hooks with lures).
Number of fisheries: 1
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More about the Norway North-East Arctic Saithe
Found in depths of up to 400m, the North-East Arctic saithe is found along the coast of Norway and Russia in depths of up to 400m. Fish mature between five to seven years and spawn along the coastal banks from Lofoten to the North Sea, mainly in February when the water temperature is 6-10 degrees Celsius. Following spawning, the larvae drift northwards, settle in inshore areas and migrate to the coastal areas at 2-4 years of age. Smaller saithe feed on crustaceans, while larger saithe feed more on fish
More about the fishing methods
In the Norwegian fishery, which at present accounts for more than 90% of the landings, various gears are used, while other nations mainly use bottom trawl. On average over the last ten years about 47% of the Norwegian catch originates from bottom trawl, 25% from purse seine, 16% from gill net and 12% from other conventional gears (long line, Danish seine and hand line). The gill net fishery is most intense during winter, purse seine in the summer months while the trawl fishery takes place more evenly all year around.
Most is exported to the Caribbean and South America, West- and Eastern Europe.