New Icelandic catch quotas ‘based on science’ –

New Icelandic catch quotas ‘based on science’ Published:  09 July, 2014

ICELAND’S Fisheries Minister, Sigurdur Ingi Jóhannsson, has decided on the total catch of most species for the next fishing year which begins on 1 September. His decision follows recent recommendations from groups like the Marine Research Institute, and there are few surprises.

Jóhannsson said: ‘I think it is important to maintain our reputation among fishing nations that our exploitation of fish is based on science and the decisions of our scientific groups.

‘It is also imperative that we guarantee the very best type of scientific research.’

He also called for greater co-operation and collaboration between scientists and fishermen. He said fishermen could sometimes come into conflict with the findings of science.

Iceland’s Marine Research Institute is reporting that the overall fishery stock in Icelandic waters is in good shape and, as always, quotas are based on long term strategies.

The Minister expected that fish exports from Iceland during the 2014-15 fishing year would remain broadly the same.

Some sample quotas include: cod 216,000 tonnes, haddock 30,400 tonnes, plaice 7,000 tonnes, lemon sole 1,600 tonnes, herring 82,000 tonnes, lobster 1,650 tonnes, pollock 58,000 tonnes and shrimp (prawns) 5,000 tonnes. 

On the sometimes controversial issue of mackerel he has decided to raise the total fish catch to 167,826 tonnes, based on data from ICES.

Meanwhile, new data shows that the Icelandic fleet has so far caught 832,000 tonnes of all types of fish for the first nine months of the current fishing year (to the end of May), compared with 1.13-million tonnes for the same period last year, a 26.4 per cent decline of the total catch.

This is explained mainly by a significant drop (76 per cent) in capelin catches.

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