Stocks fished by the Norwegian fleet are harvested sustainably. Cod, haddock and saithe are MSC-certified.


The Norwegian Factory Trawler Fleet and longliners are quality producers of fillets and headed/gutted products from Cod, Haddock and Saithe fished in the clean and cold waters of the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the North Sea. Cod and Haddock in the North, Saithe along the Norwegian Coast and in the North Sea.

In addition these vessels are fishing smaller quantities of Redfish, Greenland Halibut and various other whitefish species. 

The fundamental principle for Norwegian management of living marine resources is the principle of sustainable use based on the best available scientific advice. All the target stocks of the factory trawler fleet are well placed in the “safe zone” by the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES), and subject to a fisheries pressure well within pre-determined precautionary harvest limits.

Cod and haddock fisheries by the Norwegian factory trawler fleet and saithe fisheries targeting the North Sea stock and the North East Arctic stock are certified in accordance with the Marine Stewardship Councils (MSC) Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Fishing.

On board production assures the highest quality standards as fillets are produced and quick frozen to below -20°C within a few hours after catching. The fleet’s product range varies from raw materials for further processing, like headed/gutted frozen fish, block products, to ready-to-eat interleaved fillets. All vessels are producing in accordance with Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems, and are approved by the Norwegian Food Safety Autority.

Norwegian vessels are members of The Frozen At Sea Fillets Association (FASFA).

The Norwegian Frozen At Sea Producers are owners of all Norwegian flagged vessels licensed to produce fillets of whitefish at sea, and their partners or handling agents in the export trade of these products.

Below links to contact information/web sites of the various partners.

Information page from Fiskebåt and The Norwegian Seafood Council on the cod fishery in the Barents Sea and near Svalbard: