The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), has recommended a 6.7 percent reduction in the quota for North Sea herring next year.
According to ICES, the total allowable catch (TAC) should not exceed 359,367 tonnes.
The stock has been slightly adjusted upwards compared to the previous stock estimate, but the spawning stock is as expected below the measure limit in the management rule. No strong year classes have been observed in recent years and the spawning stock is expected to fall further in the coming years.
“This shows that the administration was right to keep the same quota in 2020 as in 2019, instead of increasing the quota as ICES advised. Fiskebåt also requested that the quota should not be increased,” says resource researcher Gjert Dingsør in Fiskebåt.
The fishermen have for several years reported small stocks and small fishes, but nevertheless ICES last spring advised to increase the quota by nine percent compared to the agreed quota for 2019. ICES justified the increase in the fishing mortality for fish between two and six years, while the proportion of seven years and older fish increased in catches.
The Zero TAC for Baltic Spring Spawning Herring is maintained.