Profile updated on 10 March 2022
Barents Sea cod, Northeast Arctic cod, Norwegian-Russian cod, NE Arctic cod
Genetic studies support the distinctness of different populations of cod in the Atlantic Ocean (Bradbury et al. 2013), with distinct stocks identified in the Barents Sea: NE Arctic and Norwegian coastal waters. There is some overlap over the spawning season in the Norwegian coast but the stocks are assessed by ICES separately as follows: cod in Subareas I and II (Northeast Arctic cod) and cod in Subareas I and II (Norwegian coastal waters cod). In the 2021 benchmark, the Norwegian coastal cod stock was split into two units (ICES 2021) (ICES 2021). Haddock and saithe are also caught in this fishery. Ontogenetic movements of cod in Arctic fjords and the Barents Sea have been studied (Andrade et al. 2020).