The ICES has announced quota advice for capelin in the Barents Sea for 2022, with a total allowable catch of of 70,000 tonnes recommended
The International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) has today given quota advice for capelin in the Barents Sea for 2022, and in accordance with the adopted Norwegian-Russian harvesting rule recommends a quota of 70,000 tonnes in 2022.
On the announcement of the advice Audun Maråk, CEO of Fiskebåt said, “We are pleased that things are going in the right direction after several years of stopping this fishing but based on the observations the fishermen have made in the Barents Sea and a reduced grazing pressure from a downgraded cod stock, we had expected a higher capelin quota than 70,000 tonnes says.”
The annual ecosystem cruise has been completed with relatively good coverage. The cruise result estimated a capelin stock of close to four million tonnes, of which about 36 percent (1.4 million tonnes) is estimated to be a maturing capelin that can contribute to the spawning stock in 2022.
“The strong 2020-year class has had relatively poor growth and a large part is therefore not large enough to contribute to the spawning stock next year. The cruise also shows a good 2021-year class. In the stock model, the maturing proportion is used to predict the size of the spawning stock on 1 April 2022. In these calculations, it is predicted that cod will eat about 570,000 tonnes of capelin as part of the natural mortality. With a fishery of 70,000 tonnes, it is estimated that the spawning stock on 1 April will be 424,000 tonnes with a certainty of 95 percent that it will be over 200,000 tonnes,” says resource researcher in Fiskebåt Gjert Dingsør.
According to Dingsør, the quota council, which was significantly lower than expected, shows that it is high time that a new management model is introduced, something Fiskebåt has been a driving force to put in place. The new model will be evaluated in 2022.
Fiskebåt expects capelin management to receive a lot of focus in the negotiations with Russia that are taking place this week.