The Danish Fisheries Association has welcomed the government’s announcement to increase the sandeel quota by 10% for 2020.
The Danish sandeel season has had a fantastic fishery year since the season began on April 1st. There have been good catches overall and this has meant that the Danish fishermen have landed just under 150,000 tonnes out of a total Danish quota of 215,863 tonnes.
Therefore, Danish Fisheries Association is pleased that a large majority of the Danish Parliament’s parties have agreed to allow the fishermen to fish up to 10 per cent above this year’s sandeel quota.
“We are excited about the extra sandeel quota that the fishermen can use this year. And we are pleased that the politicians in the Parliament choose to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the EU system; namely that you can flex quotas from one year to another,” says Jesper Juul Larsen, chairman of the Southwest Fisheries Association and chairman of the committee for industrial and pelagic fisheries under the Danish Fisheries Association.
He continued “It is a great help to many in a year when export markets are almost completely closed down, which has resulted in falling prices for a number of consumer types. So, of course, there must also be praise to the Minister of Fisheries, who has helped to give fishermen the opportunity to optimize ebb fishing.”
Flexible to IOC
The options for quota flexibility are only for vessels that already have a share of the Danish quota – i.e IOC vessels with a existing quota. Here, the Danish Fisheries Association would like to see a slightly different distribution.
“We would have liked to see that something had been allocated for the ration fishermen as well. Here, there are really many who have gained an economic hand by participating in the ration fishing for sandeel. The fact that they fished the quantity of 15,000 tonnes in one month says something about how good a fishery it has been. And how many fish are in area 2,” says Jesper Juul Larsen, who hopes that the extra amount of fish offers a better opportunity for fishermen to rent quota at a reasonable price.
“We expect there are some IOC vessels that have now been given extra quota that will rent the fish out to others. And then we expect from the Danish Fisheries Association that the extra quota will remain on Danish hands and not be exchanged for foreign fishermen,” says Jesper Juul Larsen.
Source: Danish Fishermen’s Association