Kristján Þór Júlíusson, the Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture signing thre regualtion on capelin for 2021
Kristján Þór Júlíusson, the Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, explained at a government meeting that he had signed a regulation on capelin fishing in accordance with the advice of the Marine Research Institute.
Following measurements of the capelin stock last week, the MRI provided advice yesterday afternoon on fishing for up to 127,300 tonnes of capelin in the 2020/2021 season. This is an increase of 66,300 from the previous consultation.
Last week, it was decided to try to obtain a new measurement and six pelagic vessels were obtained for the project, along with both of the Marine Research Institute’s research vessels. This is the most extensive capelin search in recent times. The measurements were completed recently. Sunday and the results show that there is a slightly larger amount of capelin in the sea area than had been measured in previous expeditions.
The regulation signed by Kristján Þór this morning authorizes Icelandic vessels to fish 69,834 tonnes. The reason for this is current agreements with other countries that must be taken into account before allocation to Icelandic vessels. On the one hand, there is an agreement with Norway for cod fishing by Icelandic vessels in the Barents Sea, and on the other hand, a bilateral agreement with the Faroe Islands.
The MRI will not re-measure as before but will monitor news of the catches and respond if there are indications of new capelin migrations.
Kristján Þór Júlíusson, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture:
“This decision is the result of the most extensive capelin search in the second year. This is certainly not a large amount in a historical context, but it is extremely important for Icelandic society, as the export value is close to 20 billion. Strong co-operation between the government, experts from the Marine Research Institute and companies in the fisheries sector in this search has been the key to this success.”