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Fishery Management

Fishery Management

Fishery Management
You can’t have healthy fish without healthy oceans. And at King Oscar, we understand the importance of maintaining the essential balance of the earth’s ecosystems and preserving our natural resources – both for today and for future generations.

an international reputation for responsibility
Our Norwegian heritage has played an important role in our century-long tradition of protecting and enhancing our fishing grounds and taking only what the seas can support. At King Oscar, we adhere to Norway’s internationally recognized fishing standards. In fact, Norway tops the FAO’s list of responsible fisheries.

long-term goals for sustainability
Today, our fjord brisling hauls represent a low-impact 1% of the total allowable catch. But our commitment doesn’t stop with quotas. Our sustainable harvesting efforts are directed at the entire chain – from the health of the fisheries and our catch methods to processing and storage, all the way through export. King Oscar wants to be part of comprehensive, long-term, eco-friendly solutions.

committed to providing the best fish the best way
We’re committed to bringing you only the highest quality sardines, mackerel, herring, tuna, and other fish caught in compliance with international regulations and forward-looking marine science. To that end, we actively participate in a number of respected resource management organizations that promote and regulate catch quotas and smarter fishing practices. These include:


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
The mission of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the FAO is to facilitate and secure the long-term sustainable development and utilization of the world’s living marine resources. King Oscar follows the code of conduct for responsible fisheries established by the FAO.


International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
A network of more than 1600 scientists from 200 institutes, linked by an inter-governmental agreement (the ICES Convention), ICES is the prime source of scientific advice on the marine ecosystem to governments and international regulatory bodies that manage the North Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas. Its members include all coastal states bordering the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea, with affiliate members in the Mediterranean Sea and southern hemisphere. At King Oscar, we abide by the national quotas set by ICES.


Institute of Marine Research (IMR)
Norway’s largest center of marine science, the IMR is responsible for advising Norwegian authorities on aquaculture and the ecosystems of the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea, and the Norwegian coastal zone. The IMR provides research and management advice to ensure that Norway’s marine resources are harvested in a sustainable way.


Regional Fisheries Management Organizations
RFMOs have broad responsibility for managing migratory fish stocks on the high seas, for finding solutions to illegal fishing, for conducting research on conservation and traceability measures, and for conserving marine biodiversity. Norway is an active member and a key player in a number of the RFMOs that govern the waters in which we catch our fish.


Total Allowable Catch (TAC)
King Oscar adheres to Total Allowable Catch fish quotas based on the finite guidelines of the European Union’s Common Fishery Policy (CFP). Accordingly, we export only fish documented with catch certificates and support research on conservation and traceability measures. The fish we source in Norway can be traced back via delivery sales notes from each fishing vessel. Catch certificates are issued on all Norwegian fish used in our production in Norway and Poland.

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