(Iceland Atlantic, Wild-caught)
The haddock fishery in Iceland is being managed with moderate effectiveness and more information is needed to assess the health of haddock populations and the fishery's impact on other marine life. For these reasons, Icelandic haddock is a "Good Alternative."
A portion of this fishery is certified as sustainable to the standard of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) .
A bottom-dwelling fish found throughout the North Atlantic, haddock is an important fishery in Iceland. Imports from Iceland comprise most of the haddock found in the United States with more coming from fisheries in the U.S., Canada, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom.
Icelandic haddock is caught primarily using bottom trawls - a method that damages seafloor habitats. Other fishing methods include bottom longlines and gillnets, which impact the seafloor less.
The Icelandic haddock fishery is managed using scientific monitoring, gear regulations and enforcement of protected areas. However, more information on the health of the population and the level of bycatch is needed to understand the effectiveness of these measures.
Moderately effective management and the use of habitat damaging trawls make Icelandic haddock a "Good Alternative."