Cod, Atlantic – Iceland
Atlantic Cod from Iceland can live for over 20 years and produce millions of eggs each year.
After decades of intense fishing, Atlantic Cod are at low abundance in Icelandic waters and have been classified as “vulnerable” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (the IUCN).
Several fishing methods catch Atlantic Cod in Iceland, but most are caught by bottom trawls which cause considerable damage to the bottom habitat. Management measures imposed by the Icelandic government are aimed at reducing the number of large, spawning fish caught. Total Allowable Catch limits have been implemented and are revised annually based on the yearly estimates of spawning stock biomass.
Bycatch is largely unknown, since cod are part of a mixed fishery effort in Iceland.