Icelandic Minister of Fisheries Kristján Þór Júlíusson has followed the advice of the Marine Research Institute in setting 2022 quotas
Iceland’s Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Kristján Þór Júlíusson has issued a regulation on the total allowable catch in Icelandic fishing jurisdiction for the next fishing year.
The regulation follows scientific advice from the Marine Research Institute. The agency’s advice is based on utilizing stocks based on maximum yield, considering the ecosystem and precautionary approach.
Kristján Þór Júlíusson, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture:
“It is no secret that the 13% reduction in the cod quota is disappointing, but the reason is, among other things, that two cohorts within the reference stock are small. In those circumstances, however, it is out of the question to succumb to the temptation to let short-term perspectives dominate and go against the scientific advice with the associated uncertainty about, among other things, certifications that are of great importance to the Icelandic fishing industry. Let us not forget at the same time that the reference stock of cod, and other major commercial stocks, is strong and the cohorts of 2019 and 2020 are around and above average. Therefore, there is reason for long-term optimism. This situation is a sign of the progress that has been made in the development of the cod stock and other major commercial stocks in recent years and is a direct consequence of the fact that we Icelanders have been able to engage in sustainable fishing by building a decision on total allowable catches based on scientific advice. In this way, we secure the long-term interests of the Icelandic fishing industry and society as a whole.”
The MRI’s recommendation proposes a 13% reduction in the cod catch limit for the 2021/2022 fishing year, but this year’s stock assessment shows that the stock size has been overestimated in recent years. In the proposal for a decision on the total allowable catch, 8,000 tonnes are deducted for haddock that was allocated in the previous fishing year. Therefore, the total allowable catch of haddock from advisory services will be reduced from 50,429 tonnes to 41,229 tonnes, taking this measure into account, in addition to the deduction from foreign countries. There are small changes in saithe advice and the total catch is set at 77,381 tonnes. There seems to be a turnaround in the development of the stock size of the Icelandic summer spawning herring, and Hafró’s advice therefore increases by 104% and the total catch is 72,239 tonnes.