The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has allocated quotas for vessels registered to catch king crab in quota-regulated areas for 2024. Photo: Norwegian IMR/ Ann Merete Hjelset
The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has released the allocated quota factors for vessels registered to catch king crab in quota-regulated areas for the year 2024.
These factors are determined based on various criteria, with particular attention to sales of fish species other than king crab in the preceding year.
Quota Factors Determination:
The quota factors are primarily influenced by the sales performance of fish species (excluding king crab) in 2023, with exceptions for quayside sales and confiscated catches. Vessels providing documentation of income from salmon fishing may be eligible for an increased quota factor.
Here is an overview of the quota factors and the corresponding number of vessels:
– 0.1 Factor: 43 vessels
– 0.25 Factor: 12 vessels
– 0.5 Factor: 85 vessels
– 1.0 Factor: 833 vessels
It’s important to note that mere registration in the Directorate’s records is not sufficient for participation in the fishery. Vessels must meet the conditions outlined in participant and regulatory regulations, with additional criteria for obtaining a quota factor higher than 0.1.
Quotas for 2024:
The total king crab quota set for 2024 includes:
– 821 tonnes of male crabs
– 60 tonnes of female crabs
– 145 tonnes of damaged male crabs
Of the male crab quantity, specific allocations have been made for various purposes, including research quotas, recreational fishing, teaching quotas, tourist fishing, the youth catch scheme, and a by-catch scheme.
As of 08 January 2024, the total quota for 2023 is estimated to be overfished by 47 tonnes. This deduction is made in accordance with the quota flexibility scheme. The Directorate of Fisheries follows the established practice of adjusting vessel-level quotas for the transfer of quotas between different years, rather than adjusting total and group quotas in the regulatory regulations.
Vessel quotas for 2024 based on quota factors are as follows:
– 0.1 Factor: 0.07 tonnes
– 0.25 Factor: 0.19 tonnes
– 0.5 Factor: 0.37 tonnes
– 1.0 Factor: 0.74 tonnes
Any errors or omissions can be reported to the Directorate of Fisheries for review and correction. The Directorate encourages strict adherence to regulations and compliance with the established criteria for participation in the fishery.
Source: Press Release