The sale of a substantial amount of quota to HB Grandi recently has re-ignited the debate in Iceland over whether or local authorities should have the right to step in when quota is sold from one district to another.
HB Grandi has agreed to purchase groundfish quotas equalling 1600 cod-equivalent tonnes at a price of ISK 3950 million (€29.55 million) from Hafnarnes VER in Thorlákshöfn.
Iceland’s National Association of Small Boat Owners (NASBO) has criticised the decision by fisheries minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson to follow the Marine Research Institute’s advice in setting quotas for 2016-17.
Iceland’s fisheries minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson has taken decisions on the 2016-17 quota year’s fishing quotas and as in previous years, the Ministry has followed the Marine Research Institute’s recommendations.
That’s the opinion on where 2016 Barents Sea quotas should be going, according to the ICES working group for Arctic stocks.
Iceland’s Marine Research Institute has published its 2016/17 report on the state of marine stocks, which includes its recommendations to the government for the new 2016/17 quota year that opens on the first of September.
Iceland’s Ministry of Fisheries on Friday set this year’s mackerel quota at 148,000 tonnes.
Coastal fishing association FSK (Foreningen for Skånsomt Kystfiskeri – Association for Sensible Coastal Fishing) is presenting proposals to the Danish government for a redistribution of fishing quotas in a way that benefits coastal communities.
The government of Greenland has set this year’s mackerel quota for East Greenland at 85,000 tonnes, along with a 20,000 tonne herring quota and a 15,000 tonne blue whiting quota.
Juan Carlos Corrás of La Coruña PO Pescagalicia-Arpega predicts that the discard ban will hit the trawl fleet hardest.