Iceland has signed a regulation which increases the catch limit for haddock
Kristján Þór Júlíusson, the Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, has signed a regulation to the effect that the catch limit for haddock will be increased by 8,000 tonnes, from 44,419 tonnes to 52,419 tonnes.
This increase will be deducted from the catch limit that would otherwise be allocated in the 2021/2022 fishing year. Kristján Þór informed the government this morning of this decision.
The reason for this decision is difficulties that can be traced to the high catch of haddock in fishing areas near Iceland, as on 21 April more than 90% of the haddock catch quotas had been fished for the current fishing year.
The Marine Research Institute and the Directorate of Fisheries agree that it is necessary to respond to the problem. The MRI’s opinion states:
“As has been stated, the ministry does not consider it possible to address the problem, unchanged by law, but that the catch limit will be increased. The MRI does not oppose an increase in the catch limit in the current fishing year, as the quotas will be deducted from the catch limit that would otherwise be allocated in the 2021/2022 fishing year, according to the approved catch rule.
“The Agency points out that the current increase could lead to a similar problem in the next fishing year, and it is therefore important that everyone is aware that the increase will now be deductible in the coming fishing year. Such a message in parallel with the allocation could help to prevent an increased direct attack on the haddock stock, which could increase the potential problems in the coming fishing year.”