Catching the fish for Britain’s national dish

Why does the UK fleet fish so far from its own shores, in the coldest waters of the northern Atlantic? Because cod and haddock, our favourite fish, are most abundant in the northern distant waters off the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Norway.

About distant fishing

Fishing in extreme northern waters requires specialised large freezer trawlers and expert crews who spend up to three months at a time in the Barents, Greenland and Norwegian seas, braving freezing temperatures, frequent storms and almost permanent darkness in the winter months.

The UK’s state-of-the-art trawler, Kirkella

Heading out to the Barents Sea from her home port of Hull on the east coast of England.

Did you know most of the UK’s cod and haddock is caught outside of our territorial waters?

While the fish that is caught in our waters is mostly eaten abroad?

The threat to the UK’s distant waters fleet

The future of UK distant waters fishing depends on us being able to maintain quotas negotiated with other countries, notably with Norway, so that we can continue to fish for cod and haddock off their coasts.