norway bluefin tuna 2020 2023

Norway has received an increase in their Atlantic bluefin tuna quota of 23 percent for 2023 bringing their allowable catch to 383 tonnes. Photo: Norges Sildesalgslag

After this increase, Norway’s total quota in 2023 will be 368 tonnes 

The Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries has announced an increase in the Norwegian Atlantic bluefin tuna quota of 23 percent for 2023 bringing their allowable catch to 368 tonnes.

In addition, Norway may transfer 15 tonnes of unfished quota from 2022 to 2023, which means that Norwegian fishermen can fish up to 383 tonnes of bluefin in 2023.

Bluefin tuna are seriously back in Norwegian waters, and as a coastal state to this stock which has now taken over our nutrient-rich sea areas, we are continuously working to increase the Norwegian quota. I am therefore very pleased that we have received approval for more quota in 2023,” says Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bjørnar Skjæran.

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The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) has adopted a new management procedure for the management of bluefin tuna throughout the Atlantic Ocean. The stock calculation for the next three years has resulted in an increase in the total quota. In addition, Norway has had its share increased, which further contributes to the increase in the Norwegian quota.

The total quota for bluefin tuna has increased from 36,000 tonnes in 2022 to 40,570 tonnes in 2023. Norway’s share of the total quota is currently 0.91 per cent.

Pilot project on live storage of bluefin tuna

Norway has received approval for its proposal to carry out a pilot project for live storage of bluefin tuna for three years from 2023, within a limited quantity. The pilot project will form the basis for future regulations if the project is successful. The purpose of live storage of bluefin tuna is to be able to distribute raw material to the market over time, and to improve and preserve the good quality of the bluefin tuna.

“Over the past year, we have worked to put in place regulations for the live storage of bluefin tuna, and we have now received approval from ICCAT to carry out a pilot project for the concept. Over several years, we have received input from the industry that live storage of bluefin tuna can be a way to achieve greater value creation and to facilitate an improvement in the market situation. We are very satisfied that we have now taken a step forward in creating the right conditions for greater value creation and activity of our fishing resources,” says Skjæran.

The pilot project must follow the ICCAT regulations, and it will also be possible to export bluefin tuna which is part of the project.

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Norway receives 23 percent increase in 2023 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quota

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