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
Barents sea cod
North Sea cod
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. Norways total quota for 2019 was 328,697 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.
Our relationship with the sea is a partnership – one that is crucial to the health of the nation economically, culturally and physically.