AGARBA Spain Barents Sea cod
Last Updated: 25 September 2012
Number of fisheries: 1
Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua)
MSC assessment status
The Conformity Assessment Body, Food Certification International, has proposed 2 peer reviewers for the review of the Draft AGARBA Spain Barents Sea cod fishery Assessment Report.
If you wish to provide feedback on the proposed peer reviewers, please contact Joanna Kabut no later than 5pm GMT, Sunday 7 October 2012.
Arctic Ocean-Barents Sea , ICES subareas I & II, FAO area 27
Bottom trawling using 145mm mesh size and greater
This fishery is subject to the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) of the European Union. National level implementation of the CFP is the responsibility of individual Member States, inside their EEZ. Management is informed by ICES advice and supported by national research institutes.There are fleet limitations, TAC and effort limitation and technical conservation measures
Main markets are Spain and Portugal where 90% of the product is sold as frozen cod fillets and HG, and 10% is commercialised as salted cod.
The assessment process is expected to take 12 months and is scheduled for completion around 05/2013. Please see the download section for a detailed assessment timeline.
The target eligibility date for this fishery is the 31/03/2013.
The MSC ecolabel can only be applied to product from certified fisheries. The MSC program does allow, in certain circumstances and within strict traceability requirements, the MSC ecolabel to be applied following certification to product caught before the actual date of certification. The target eligibility date therefore represents the date from which products may become eligible to carry the MSC ecolabel, however they cannot be sold until and if the fishery is certified. The actual eligibility date will be determined if the fishery is certified to the MSC standard.
To find out more about when fish from this fishery may be sold with the MSC ecolabel, please follow this link (http://www.msc.org/get-certified/supply-chain/eligibility-dates).
Tonnage of the fishery
2011 = 5,827.18 tones
2012 = 6,085.40 tones