North Atlantic Fishing Company catches fish in a sustainable manner, with a low impact on the marine ecosystem and based on effective, science-based fisheries management.
Pelagic species such as herring, mackerel, blue whiting and horse mackerel are wild caught, highly migratory and swim in large, dense shoals of individual species. This means that the stocks we fish are seasonally abundant in particular places, in large quantities, and at high concentrations. We use this pattern of behaviour to catch fish in controlled quantities, at the optimum time and place, over a relatively short period to ensure the sustainability of the fish.
NAFCO only fishes for human consumption and pelagic species such as herring, mackerel, blue whiting and horse mackerel which are affordable and healthy and contain high-quality proteins, together with high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids that are an essential part of a healthy diet.
The amount of fish that is allowed to be caught are set by the UK government by allocated quotas which are based on scientific advice. These quotas set how much of each species can be caught in a certain area or groups of areas on a yearly basis. As pelagic stocks are large, this means the catch quota could also be large.
These quotas are very strongly enforced by the UK Government and associated agencies. Enforcement involves managing quotas and implementing technical measures to preserve fish stocks. Inspectors check fishing gear and inspect the register of fish caught. The type of fish caught is then checked and compared to quotas of total permitted catch for that particular vessel. Checks are made in port and at sea, as well as using aerial photography. Catches are reported electronically to the UK government every 24 hours.
Inspectors will also check fish processing factories to ensure that all fish is documented and can be traced to its source.