Kristján Þór Júlíusson, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, has signed an amendment on weighing and recording of marine catch.
The change, Regulation no. 745/2016, will allow 0.6% to be deducted from unprocessed super-cooled (ice-free) catch that is weighed on port scales.
Fish that is cooled by super-cooling go ice-free in a vessel, but liquid from the fish accumulates in the vessel.
There is a detailed assessment of the Directorate of Fisheries of so-called droplets in super-cooled catches, but these droplets could be defined as the extra weight that the fish takes in the form of liquids in this cooling process.
The assessment concludes that this drop ranges from 0.4-1.1%. With this in mind, this amendment has allowed a 0.6% port weight reduction from the gross weighting of over-cooled catches due to this drop so that power recording is correct.
Kristján Þór Júlíusson, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture:
“Ships that have over-cooling equipment have increased rapidly in recent times. It has been particularly interesting to monitor this trend as it is an Icelandic ingenuity and therefore another confirmation that Icelandic service and high-tech companies are at the forefront of maximising the quality of the catch with the latest technology. It is important for the government to monitor and support this development, including by ensuring that the regulatory framework encourages such progress. That is the main goal of the changes we are making here. “
Source: Government of Iceland