Green by Iceland
When it comes to sustainable fisheries, the list of countries that have managed their stocks as well as Iceland is short. In the 1970s, Iceland figured out that to prevent the collapse of its cod fisheries—and the basis of its economy—its fishing future required strict management.
To this day, Iceland continues to manage a wide range of fish stocks found in its waters through stringent monitoring and science-based catch quotas. Organizations such as Iceland Responsible Fisheries Management (IRFM) ensure the future of Icelandic fishing through a certification chain that guarantees suppliers that the fish originates from IRFM certified fisheries. Additionally, fish processors and other stakeholders constantly look for approaches to use 100% of each fish for food, pharmaceuticals, nutrition, and other supplements.
Iceland Responsible Fisheries
The main purpose of the programme is to:
- Preserve the fisheries management principles adopted by the international community
- Document well-managed Icelandic fisheries to the highest level of assurance
- Promote community consensus behind good discipline in fisheries management
- Offer its customers a choice in certification