Over 90% of the Norwegian cod catches come from the North-East Arctic cod stock. The North-East Arctic cod grow up in the Barents Sea and is therefore also known at the Barents Sea Cod.
The North-East Arctic cod stock is the largest cod stock in the world, and is in very good condition.
The north-east arctic cod stock is managed by a cooperation between Norway and Russia. The Joint Norwegian-Russian fisheries commission has adopted rules for setting annual total allowable catch of cod. The quota for Norwegian cod has been record high for the last years, according to record high recommendations from the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES).
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The Norwegian Cod management is commended by various stakeholders:
- “The Barents Sea cod fishery is a success story that should be celebrated and used as a leading example for fisheries managers across the world. In order to recover all Atlantic cod populations we have to see similar management measures being implemented elsewhere.” Rasmus Hansson, CEO of WWF-Norway,September 13th 2010.
- ”The reasons for this success are many; one is that Norwegian fisheries management is simply world class.. (…)”, Camiel Derichs, Marine Stewardship Council, April 28th 2010 – commenting the MSC-certification on north-east arctic cod.
- “A (…) contributory factor to the growth in stocks of Norwegian Cod may well be that we have succeeded in reducing illegal fishing in the Barents Sea,” Liv Holmefjord, Norway’s director of Fisheries , May 13th 2011.