Norwegian authorities have requested that those who participate in fishing for sandeel seek to reduce their whitefish bycatch
The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries and the Coast Guard have requested that those who participate in fishing for sandeel act with caution by implementing measures to avoid illegal interference with whitefish under the current minimum size.
In addition, the Directorate has reminded fishermen that it is forbidden to fish for cod, saithe and haddock for grinding.
“So far this year’s season, we register that there has been a lot of mixing of haddock and whiting in some areas. Similar challenges were also registered in the two previous seasons, with the consequence that too much white fish was used for grinding,” says the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries.
The Coast Guard and the Directorate of Fisheries have therefore asked fishermen to be especially careful to avoid getting illegal interference under minimum size and by-catch that is not allowed to land for grinding whitefish.
“Relevant measures will be, for example, to tow pelagic where possible, avoid areas with a lot of whitefish, use tools that improve the selection of whitefish and monitor sonar and echo sounder to avoid whitefish,” says Thord Monsen section manager for the control section in the Directorate of Fisheries.
“It may be relevant to create caution areas or close fishing grounds in the event of excessive mixing of fish below the minimum size.”