Iceland raises cod and haddock catch quotas

ICELAND has significantly raised its cod and haddock quotas  for the new fishing year which begins  on September 1st. The decision, particularly on haddock is certain to be welcomes by processors in the UK and Europe. Haddock remains a firm favourite in Britain.
The Mini­ster of Fis­heries has decided that the catch quota for cod should be raised to  255,172  metric tons,  up by around 11,000 tons on the current fishing year. The figure is slightly less than the 257,572 tons recommended by Iceland’s Marine Research Institute.
The haddock quota goes up by over 5,000 tons to 39,890 tons.  This is the first significant haddock increase for some time and  shows that the stock, which was causing  some concern not so long ago, is now making a sustained recovery.
Accord­ing to a recent report from the Mar­ine Rese­arch Institu­te, the positi­on of many of Iceland’s fish stocks is strong. The one major exception  is the conditi­on of the Icelandic sum­mer trout which has been hit by infections and catch limits have been almost halved as a result. There are also small cuts in the redfish, plaice and lobster quotas and there is no shrimp quota next year.
Fisheries Minister Katrín­ar Gunn­ars­dótt­ir said: “”Overall, this is a good news that strongly sug­gests that fis­heries mana­gement in Ice­land has been responsi­ble in recent ye­ars. We are also strengt­hen­ing mar­ine rese­arch, especially in view of potential changes in the oce­an around Ice­land due to clima­te change.
But it may not be such good news for the Barents Sea, which is shared jointly by Norway and Russia, and is the largest source of northern hemisphere cod and haddock.
ICES, the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas,  has  just issued several recommendations concerning the proposed 2018 total allowable catch (TAC). The  ICES scientists are advising a 20 per cent cut in the cod quota down from 890,000 tons to 712,000 tons.
Three years ago the cod quota reached a peak figure of one millions tons. The actual catch totals  will be decided in the autumn when the joint Russian and Norwegian Fisheries Commission meets. The Commission is not bound to accept the ICES recommendations, but it usually takes its advice into consideration when agreeing the figures..