The Danish Fisheries Association has welcomed the ICES recommendation for increases in catches limits for cod in the North Sea and Skagerrak
The Danish Fisheries Association has welcomed the news that catches limits for cod in the North Sea and the Skagerrak have again been increased as the fleet battles the Brexit fallout and spatial squeeze problems.
The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has announced that the latest data provide a basis for an upward adjustment of the recommendation for the cod quota for 2023. Now it is heard from ICES that the quota for cod in the North Sea and Skagerrak cannot simply be increased by 44% from 2022 to 2023 as the biologists from ICES recommended on 01 July. On the basis of the latest data, ICES published a revised advisory on 08 November recommending an increase of 63%, corresponding to a total quota of 26,008 tonnes of cod.
“It is certainly positive that there is now greater agreement between the fishermen’s assessment of the stock development and the official assessments. It is beneficial for everyone and promotes sustainable fishing that the fishing opportunities reflect the actual catch opportunities. Now we look forward to Norway, Great Britain and the EU, which these weeks are jointly negotiating to set the quotas for a number of important stocks, follow the biological advice, says Svend-Erik Andersen, chairman of the Danish Fisheries Association.”
If the quota is set at the level set by the independent experts in ICES, it will have great significance for the Danish fishermen and for the fishing communities along the Danish coasts, according to the Danish Fisheries Association.
“It will provide a significant boost to fishing and ensure a better economy in fishing. This is needed, because the fishing industry is under severe pressure from the high fuel prices. A larger quota for cod will both give the opportunity to land more fish, and it will also prevent cod from becoming a so-called stop species, which forces fishermen to stop fishing for other species in order to avoid bycatch of cod. Therefore, it is of colossal importance that we get a larger quota, and this will be felt both by the fishermen and in the local communities where fishing plays a significant role,” says Svend-Erik Andersen, chairman of the Danish Fisheries Association.
A positive picture for fishing opportunities in the North Sea and Skagerrak in 2023
The Danish Fisheries Association insists that the overall picture of the advice for the North Sea and Skagerrak is that it looks very positive for a large number of important species in Danish fisheries. In addition to cod, this applies, for example, to stocks such as haddock, whiting, plaice and hake, where ICES recommends for all stocks that the quotas be increased in accordance with stock development.
“Overall, this shows a positive stock development and that Danish fishing can continue to supply healthy, climate-friendly and sustainable food to the growing world market,” says Svend-Erik Andersen.