Haddock

Haddock Certified

  • Melanogrammus aeglefinus
  • Églefin
  • Schellfisch
  • Eglefino
  • Ýsa

Size

The size of haddock catch is commonly between 50 and 65 cm.The largest individual, caught in Icelandic waters , was 14 years old and measured 109 cm.

Catch

The total catch of haddock in Icelandic waters in 2017 was 35,633 tonnes as compared to 36,616 tonnes in 2016. 

Icelandic haddock - catch 2013-2017 (tonnes) - Source: Statistic Iceland

Season

The Icelandic haddock is caught throughout the year.

Icelandic haddock - Montly catch 2017 (tonnes) - Source: Statistic Iceland

Fishing gear

Icelandic haddock - Catch by fishing gear 2017 - Source: Statistic Iceland

Fishing grounds

Haddock is caught all around Iceland. The best fishing grounds are off the Westfjords, and off the south western and south eastern coast, mostly over soft bottoms at depths between 10 and 200 m.

Icelandic haddock - Catch by fishing grounds 2017 - Source: Marine Research Institute

Products



Icelandic haddock - Export valeu by product groups in 2017 - Source: Statistic Iceland

Markets

There are two major markets for Icelandic haddock, the United Kingdom and the United States. A minor share is exported to other countries.

  • United StatesUnited States 41%
  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom 36%
  • FranceFrance 7%
  • BelgiumBelgium 7%
  • NigeriaNigeria 4%
  • CanadaCanada 2%

Icelandic haddock - Export value by countries in 2017 - Source: Statistic Iceland

Nutrition facts

82
Calories
19 g
Protein
38% DV
295 mg
Omega 3
118% DV
74 mg
Sodium
3% DV
1 g
Fat - total
1% DV
0 g
saturated
0% DV

Fisheries management

Fisheries management in Iceland is based on extensive research on the fish stocks and the marine ecosystem. A catch limitation system is the cornerstone of the Icelandic fisheries management system. Management is also supported by other measures such as area restrictions, fishing gear restrictions, and the use of closed areas to conserve important vulnerable habitats. Decisions on total allowable catch are made by the Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture on the basis of scientific advice from the Icelandic Marine Research Institute (MRI). The international Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) reviews the work of the MRI and also provides
scientific advice. Catches are effectively monitored and management decisions are enforced by the Directorate of Fisheries. The system is intended to ensure responsible fisheries and sustainable use of the ocean’s living resources.

Certification

The Icelandic haddock fishery was certified in 2013 to the FAO-based Iceland Responsible Fisheries Management Certification Programme. The certification covers all sectors of the Icelandic haddock fishery within the 200 mile EEZ for all fishing gears. A chain of custody certification programme has been implemented to allow handlers to demonstrate traceability back to the certified fishery. The
certification is an independent third-party certification. The certification confirms responsible fisheries management and good treatment of marine resources.

Nice to know

Haddock is the most commonly eaten fish by Icelanders. They usually prefer it over cod. There may be historical reasons for this since cod, the most abundant groundfish species, was better suited for salting and therefore more valuable for export.

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