Norway’s Institute of Marine Research advises a 315 tonne cod quota for the Jan Mayen area this year, slightly down on the 347 tonne quota for 2022, but larger than the 276-tonne quota in 2022.
Up to 2019, fishing for cod around Jan Mayen was unregulated. But longliner Loran fished there in 2018, searching for Greenland halibut, and returned with an unexpected and respectable catch of cod. Surveys were carried out between 2019 and 2022, and a quota has been applied for some years.
‘The catch rates for cod at Jan Mayen have been stable in recent years, which supports the advice,’ said Bjarte Bogstad, species manager responsible for north-east Arctic cod and Jan Mayen cod.
Following the unexpected cod catch landed by Loran in 2018, the Institute’s researchers carried out genetic and otolith analysis, and concluded that the Jan Mayen cod could originate from the Barents Sea and from Iceland.