Iceland Responsible Fisheries

The Iceland Responsible Fisheries programme is a voluntary marketing tool serving the Icelandic fishing industry and the value chain in whole. The project was launched in 2008 and it includes promotion of origin and certification of Icelandic fisheries. The IRF Foundation (IRFF) owns the programme and takes care of the operation and certification, but Promote Iceland does the marketing. We promote quality and freshness of seafood products, sustainably sourced from the clean Icelandic waters.

The Iceland Responsible Fisheries logo of origin indicates Icelandic origin of fish catches in Icelandic waters and responsible fisheries management. The logo provides opportunities for stakeholders in the value chain of Icelandic seafood to highlight Icelandic origin. Icelandic fishing vessel owners, processing plants as well as other stakeholders in the value chain of Icelandic seafood products can apply for a permit to use the logo, and benefit from using the IRF marketing material.

Iceland Responsible Fisheries Certification provides professional and credible third party certification. It is a straight forward, robust, practical, and cost-effective approach allowing Icelandic fisheries to be verified as responsibly managed. The IRFM certification programme complies with strict international requirements, and is fully obtained through independent third party. It verifies well managed Icelandic fisheries to the highest level of assurance. The IRFM Certification Programme is recognised by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI).

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First ever dedicated session to women in seafood

The World Seafood Congress (WSC) is approaching fast as 10th of September is practically just around the corner. This time, more women are engaged in the WSC than ever before. The organizing committee for the congress made a commitment to gender equality in terms of attendance and in the speaker line-up. Of the 113 speakers, 43 are women – a much higher percentage than in other seafood related events. Furthermore, the conference includes a dedicated session to women in seafood, a first at a fisheries conference to the best of our knowledge.

Don’t miss out on this amazing venue; look at the program and sign up!

The largest commercial fisheries exhibition in the north returns this September – included in the WSC registration fee!

The Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition will return between the 13-15th September to Kópavogur Iceland, and is set to welcome exhibitors and attendees from around the globe. Everyone who registers for the World Seafood Congress will access the IceFish Expo for free.

The Icelandic Fleet represents state of the art of the fisheries technology

  • With a total fleet of 1,582 registered fishing vessels landing 1,125 million tons of fish.
  • The export value of fish and fish related products increasing by 99 billion ISK to become 42% of total exports in the last three years.

Skippers and owners update and modernize their fleets frequently and the Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition provides exhibitors with the ideal opportunity to meet and discuss new requirements.

The Exhibition

The IceFish exhibition will cover every aspect of the commercial fishing industry from catching and locating to processing and packaging, right through to marketing and distribution of the final product.

Also, providing ample networking opportunities, with both Icelandic and international companies benefiting from forming new business connections and creating great working relationships at the exhibition.

The last exhibition in 2014 was a sell-out success

  • Attendance increased by 12% to 15,219 compared with the 2011 event
  • Inward missions were welcomed from the Far East, Americas and Africa
  • Providing unrivaled international reach to both visitors and exhibitors

New for 2017 – the small business zone area

Perfect for companies looking to enter the commercial seafood and fishing sector. A small number of cost effective package stands are available for smaller companies.

  • Perfect for first time exhibitors
  • A ready walk on stand
  • Cost effective package

High caliber attendees

The IceFish exhibition attracts high caliber attendees including the Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture in addition to the Mayor of Kópavogur, who will both officially open the exhibition; the ceremony takes place on the 13th September 2017 at 1pm, right after the conclusion of the World Seafood Congress in Harpa.


Learn more about the amazing program at the World Seafood Congress


For more information on the IceFish Expo