Responsible Sourcing


North Sea cod stock update

18 December 2019  |  Responsible Sourcing
Recent EU-Norway negotiations at the December Fisheries Council have agreed a 50 percent cut to North Sea cod quota for next year. This follows the publication of catch advice by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

Our Responsible Sourcing team has produced a briefing note to give an overview of the stock status and management advice for the North Sea cod fishery. It has been prepared for a non-technical audience and is primarily directed at seafood processors and retailers.

The information note provides:

  1. An overview of the latest 2019 International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) advice for North Sea cod.
  2. An explanation of the significance of this advice for future management of the fishery.
  3. Implications of this advice for North Sea cod’s Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.
  4. An assessment of the possible implications for the UK seafood supply chain.

Read the North Sea Cod Information Note here

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