‘Catches have been acceptable. Saithe is as elusive as ever. We’ve done well avoiding cod, but we can’t say the same about haddock. It shows up everywhere as by-catch,’ said…
An independent survey by the NAFC Marine Centre UHI indicates a promising future for Shetland fisheries, locating record numbers of small haddock and increases in small cod and whiting populations. More than fifty tows were carried out this summer by NAFC’s research vessel to assess abundance of key stocks.
Haddock worth an estimated NoK200 million went uncaught last year, according to Norwegian research institute Nofima, which has put forward suggestions for the allocation of quotas to be reviewed.
The International Sea Research Council (ICES) has recommended that the Barents Sea cod quota next year should not exceed 712,000 tonnes – a 20% reduction compared to this year's quota.
Scottish fishermen have demanded a retraction of Marine Conservation Society’s claims about haddock stocks.
ICES has updated its advice for North Sea fish stocks, notably saithe, haddock and cod.
Arctic cod are clearly highly susceptible to oil pollution, according to Otto Gregussen of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association, commenting on research carried out by the University of Tromsø.
Trawlers operated by Síldarvinnslan subsidiary Bergur-Huginn in the Westmann Islands have fished well this year but have been hit by the weakening pound.