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Samherji Norwegian & Icelandic herring trawl and seine

Last Updated: 9 July 2013
Number of fisheries: 1


Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus)

MSC assessment status

The Conformity Assessment Body, Food Certification International Ltd, has announced that the Public Comment Draft Report for the Samherji Norwegian & Icelandic herring trawl and seine fishery is now available for comment for a period of 30 days. Any stakeholder wishing to comment on the report is invited to contact FCI Fisheries Department no later than 5pm GMT, 29 March 2014.

Please refer to the assessment downloads section for further details. To contact the Conformity Assessment Body please click here.

Fishery location

Iceland EEZ, Northeast Atlantic, FAO Area 27

Fishing method

Mid-water trawl & seine nets

Fishery management

Three public institutions are at the heart of Icelandic fisheries management: the Marine Research Institute (MRI), the Directorate of Fisheries (DF) and the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture (MFA). The coast Guard also has a role in monitoring fishing activities, gears, fishing locations and discards.

Commercial market

Main markets are within EU, Poland and France, East Europe to Ukraine, Russia and Belarus and Africa with Nigeria as biggest market.
Fishmeal and Fish oil goes to feed producers, mainly in West Europe.

Assessment timeline

The assessment process is expected to take 12 months and is scheduled for completion around 04/2013. Please see the download section for a detailed assessment timeline.

The target eligibility date for this fishery is the 01/07/2012.

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 (

Tonnage of the fishery

Total greenweight catch taken by the client group in the two most recent calendar years
90.775 MT

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