Results from the Defra consultation on sandeel and Norway pout has found that a majority agree that both species should be protected The Norwegian Institute of Marine Research has advised setting a provisional quota of 60,000 tonnes for 2023 similar to last year The Danish fishing industry will start the 2023 sandeel season on 01 April next with what they are calling “a reasonable quota” to fish

The Danish fishing industry will start the 2023 sandeel season on 01 April next with what they are calling “a reasonable quota” to fish

Danish fishing industry representatives say their members are looking forward to starting the 2023 sandeel season on 01 April next with what hey are calling “a reasonable quota” to fish.

“This year’s sandeel fishing is slowly approaching – and now most of the details are in place,” says the Danish Fishermen’s Association.

On Friday, the Danish Fisheries Agency issued an immediate notice outlining conditions and quotas . And the quota in particular is extremely interesting this year.

The total sandeel quota amounts to approximately 195,000, of which the Danish fishermen are allowed to fish a good 180,000 tonnes.

The quota therefore largely follows the advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES), and this has heightened optimism at the Danish Fisheries Association.

“I am really happy that the sandeel fishery will get a much-needed boost after a lean year in 2022. It will both strengthen fishing and processing on land,” says Svend-Erik Andersen, chairman of the Danish Fishermen’s Association.

The chairman’s eyes are particularly focused on area 1. Last year, the Danish fishing industry had to watch, while ICES recommended a 0 quota in area 1, despite the fact that the fishermen’s experience said that there were sandeels on the grounds. Now the total quota is 116,815 tonnes of sandeel in area 1, and approx. 109,000 tonnes of this will be caught by Danish fishing vessels.

“It is good news with the sole quota this year. It reflects the advice that ICES has come up with and what the fishermen see. You can say that we go from one extreme to the other when we look at area 1,” says Thomas Rahbek Sloth, Southwest Jutland Fisheries Association. “This shows that there is great potential in using data from fisheries in scientific advice.”

In 2023, Denmark will be allocated total fishing opportunities for sandeel in the North Sea in (EU zone and UK zone) and in the Skagerrak and Kattegat (EU zone) of 181,637 tonnes. The total Danish fishing opportunities for sandeels are expected to be distributed as follows in management areas, as they are defined in accordance with Annex III of Council Regulation (EU) No. 2023/194 of 30 January 2023 with subsequent amendments:

  • Area 1r: 109,166 tonnes
  • Area 2r: 38,311 tonnes
  • Area 3r: 2,285 tonnes
  • Area 4: 31,744 tons
  • Area 5r: 0 tons
  • Area 6: 131 tonnes
  • Area 7r: 0 tons

In addition, expected transfers from 2022 to 2023 amount to 442 tonnes in area 1r, 3,376 tonnes in area 2r, 647 tonnes in area 3r, 151 tonnes in area 4 and 14 tonnes in area 6.

The Danish fishing industry will start the 2023 sandeel season on 01 April next with what they are calling “a reasonable quota” to fish

It is not permitted for Danish vessels to fish for sandeel in Norwegian waters in 2023.

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