Norway and Russia agree big new cod quota

THE  cod quota for the Barents Sea and North East Arctic region   for 2017 has been set at 890,000 tons, virtually the same as this year.
The haddock quota has been  agreed at  a healthy figure of around 233,000 tons, but no capelin will be taken from the Barents Sea next year. Greenland halibut has been increased by 2,000 tons to 24,000 tons.
These are the main points of the Norwegian-Russian fisheries agreement reached during the past few days. This new agreement gives the Norwegian fishing fleet a total cod catch of 400,000 tons or the equivalent of 60 full trucks of every day of the year. Russia will take the remaining 490,000 tons of cod. Norway’s Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg says the deal marks 40 years of good co-operation with Russia on fisheries matters.
He added: ” This is a unique collaboration on the management of the main fish resources in the Barents Sea.The agreement ensures that the sustainable harvesting of these resources continues. The revised management rules for cod, haddock and capelin stocks still well cared for.”
Cod stocks in the region are still at a high level, according to reports from the two countries. The total quota figure for haddock of  233 000 tonnes is in line with management recommendations . The Norwegian haddock quota will thus be at 113,564 tonnes, including the research quota.
Meanwhile, Norway and Russia confirmed reciprocal access to each other’s fishing vessels for the capture of snow crab on the Norwegian and Russian continental shelf in the Loophole, for the rest of 2016.
Kjell Ingebrigtsen from the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association said the quotas were in line with expectations, adding they have a good overall earnings base for his members.