Iceland’s Ministry of Fisheries has issued its initial guidelines for this year’s lumpfish fishery, with days at sea largely unchanged from last year.
This fishery, pursued by inshore netting boats, is for lumpfish roe that is used for making caviar manufactured and sold across the Nordic region.
Boats get 20 days at sea to begin with, and the final tally of days will be announced in April when the Marine Research Institute’s spring stock assessment is complete.
The recommendations by the National Association of Small Boat Owners will take into account market conditions and the MRI recommendations.
Fishing is split into areas, with fishing activity set to begin on the 20th of March in most regions, while the fishery starts on the 1st of April on other areas and the inner Breiðafjörður fishery does not open until May with a 75 day season in each area within which owners can choose an unbroken fishing period limited by the total number of days available.