At Skinnfiskur we are conscious of the importance of respecting and preserving the environment and have from the beginning put issues of sustainability at the core of our business.

Our raw material comes from Icelandic waters, which are strictly monitored by the local government to secure the sustainable utilization of ocean’s natural resources and good treatment of the marine ecosystem.

The fishing industry is one of the main pillars of the Icelandic economy. Responsible fisheries at the Icelandic fishing grounds are the prerequisite for the Icelandic fishing industry continuing being a solid part of the Icelandic economy and a principal pillar in Iceland’s exports.

Icelanders have structured a fisheries management system to ensure responsible fisheries, focusing on the sustainable utilization of the fish stocks and good treatment of the marine ecosystem.

The fisheries management in Iceland is primarily based on extensive research on the fish stocks and the marine ecosystem, decisions made on the conduct of fisheries and allowable catches on the basis of scientific advice, and effective monitoring and enforcement of the fisheries and the total catch.

These are the main pillars of the Icelandic fisheries management intended to ensure responsible fisheries and the sustainability of the ocean’s natural resources.

The information here is from a statement as presented by several responsible parties in the Icelandic fishing industry, the minister of fisheries, the Marine Research Institute, the Directorate of Fisheries and the Fisheries Association of Iceland.

This statement is a part of providing information about the Icelandic fishing industry and how measures are taken to ensure responsible fisheries and the proper treatment of the marine ecosystem around Iceland.

The statement is intended for everyone concerned about the status of the fish stocks and responsible fisheries, particularly the numerous parties that purchase and consume Icelandic fish products.  For more information visit: http://www.fisheries.is/management/government-policy/responsible-fisheries

Icelandic fisheries are responsible fisheries

  • The catch limitation system is the cornerstone of the fisheries management system
  • Stock assessments and fisheries advice in conformity with international criteria
  • Deciding the total allowable catch (TAC) based on scientific grounds
  • Effective catch control and enforcement
  • Reliability of catch information ensured
  • Severe penalty for breaches of the fisheries management legislation
  • Extensive research of the impact of fisheries on the marine ecosystem
  • Special measures for protecting small fish and the ecosystem
  • Clear rules on discards and the disposition of by-catch
  • Steady improvements