Norway’s Institute of Marine Research has updated its quota advice for sandeel, advising a 70,000 tonne quota increase. Sandeel is one of the small number of stocks the Institute issues…
Norway’s Institute of Marine Research has recommended a provisional quota of 70,000 tonnes of sandeel in 2018. Following an acoustic survey, a revised recommendation will be made.
Norwegian fisheries for Norway pout, sandeel and brisling have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council, which brings more than 90% of Norwegian wild fisheries under MSC certification.
Fishing has been good since this year’s North Sea sandeel fishery opened on the first of April, with reports of good catches right from the very first tow of the season.
So far this year, the sandeel season has been one of the best for years, with fishing strong enough to leave industrial trawlers queueing to land at Triple Nine’s Thyborøn factory.
The 2016 sandeel class is the largest observed since 2005. In addition, the stock has been relatively for the last three years, according to Norway’s Institute of Marine Research.
The EU has just set out this year’s sandeel quotas and there is good news in store for Danish fishing, which looks to be getting the best quotas the fleet has seen for more than ten years. In February ICES announced its advice on sandeel fisheries, with the expectation that there would be a healthy 2017 quota.
The Danish Fishermen's Producers Organisation (DFPO) and The Danish Pelagic Producers Organisations (DPPO) have been awarded MSC certification for the sandeel, Norway pout and sprat fisheries.
The Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (IMR) has advised a 50,000 tonne preliminary sandeel quota for this year. The advice applies to the Norwegian EEZ and will be updated in May.
The sea is full of fish that may not be caught, according to FF Skagen CEO Johannes Palsson, commenting on the reduction in catches of industrial species for protein production.