The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) re-certification of Norway's offshore cod fishery could be held up by as much as six months after an adjudicator determined an objection to the fishery's eco-label be formally examined.

The news, though onerous for the offshore fishery -- which operates at least 12 miles off the coast -- is actually a boon for the under-12 mile inshore cod fishery, whose certification could now be extended by up to six months.

The certification of the offshore cod fishery -- which was due to be renewed on April 26 -- was already delayed to May 3 after the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) filed an objection to the fishery's certificate.