Norway's offshore Northeast Arctic cod and haddock fisheries have become the latest fisheries to gain Marine Stewardship Council certification.

The award means 125,000 tonnes of Norwegian cod and 90,000 tonnes of Norwegian haddock will now be eligible to display the MSC eco-label. The two fisheries were hugely important, both culturally and economically, said MSC chief executive Rupert Howes. "The large volumes of certified cod and haddock they represent will have a dramatic impact on markets they are sold in."

Norway had a tradition for managing its fisheries in harmony with nature and the MSC certification would strengthen that, said the Norwegian Seafood Export Council.

Meanwhile, the Atlantic cod, haddock and catfish longline and Danish seine fisheries, which supply the UK through The Seafood Company, have entered full MSC assessment.