The certification of Iceland´s cod (Gadus morhua) fisheries in 2010 was an important and historic milestone for the Icelandic seafood industry. It confirmed that the cod fisheries met the highest international requirements of sustainable use of marine resources. This approach provided third-party verification of responsible management for Icelandic cod fisheries. It also provided an international benchmark for the management authorities and fishermen of Iceland to rate performance and track improvements.
Global Trust/SAI GLOBAL, an independent certification committee, awarded re-certification to the Icelandic cod fisheries in October 2014. They certified that the fisheries are managed in a responsible manner according to internationally recognised criteria. This is a testament to the development of Icelandic fisheries.
The certification is based on the Icelandic FAO-based Responsible Fisheries Management Standard. The assessment was in accordance with the ISO/IEC 17065 accredited system of Global Trust/SAI GLOBAL and provides a credible and independent certification of responsible fisheries management.