The biggest yield in the world

Norway's coastline is a natural home for cod. The fact that this has remained the case is testament to the hard work of all parties and organisations involved. Together, we're ensuring that sustainability is at the heart of Norway's entire seafood supply chain.

In fact, sustainability has underpinned our entire cod fishing process since 1987, when we first introduced the discard ban. Today we’re seeing the rewards of this careful and pioneering approach; cod stocks are at a record high.

Norwegian cod stocks

When you’re blessed with a gift, you have to protect it. The cold, clear waters that surround Norway are brimming with quality cod, but we have to ensure this precious resource continues. This is why we follow our sustainable practices, giving us an untold abundance of cod with plenty to share.

A measurement of success

For more than 20 years, Norway's fish stocks have been well managed, based on the best scientific advice available at the time. And we continually strive to be world leader's in sustainable fisheries management.

With a biomass estimated to be in the region of 2.5 million tonnes, the Barents Sea has the largest stock of cod in the world. Norway's total quota for 2015 has been set at less than a quarter that - 414,920 tonnes.

An important objective of Norwegian fisheries management is to ensure that all fisheries are sustainable. Special measures are introduced for stocks that are not in a satisfactory condition. The aim is to rebuild them so that they can be sustainably harvested in the future.

Infographic illustrating cod stocks

Our relationship with the sea is a partnership – one that is crucial to the health of the nation economically, culturally and physically.