The Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, has signed a regulation on increased authorisations for the summer coastal fishing

Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, has signed a regulation on increased authorisations for coastal fishing

Kristján Þór Júlíusson, the Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, has signed a regulation on increased authorisations for coastal fishing. 

A total of 1,171 tonnes of cod will be added, which is an unallocated amount that came on the exchange market in exchange for mackerel and other species. With this increase, the total amount of cod in coastal fishing will be a total of 11,171 tonnes and a total of 12,271 tonnes of ungutted demersal fish.

At the beginning of the 2020/2021 fishing year, 11,100 tonnes of ungutted demersal fish were allocated to coastal fishing. The above measure of quantity is based on the provisions of Article 8. of the Fisheries Management Act, where 5.3% of the catch in each species is set aside. The species that are not directly used for special measures are placed on an exchange market with a catch limit, and during the current fishing year, cod has been mainly requested in exchange for other species.

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On 19 July 2021, after 42 days of fishing, the total catch of coastal fishing was about 7,870 tonnes, of which about 7,280 tonnes of cod. On average, the total catch on a fishing day has been almost 190 tonnes, of which over 170 tonnes are cod. All things being equal, coastal fishing would have had to be stopped in mid-August. With this increase for coastal fishing, it is planned that coastal fishing fishermen will be able to fish until the end of August. This additional measure will also level the playing field between individual fishing areas, as in some areas the best fishing time is in August.

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