Reduced catch advice on pelagic fish species for 2018

14.10.17

The biological advice for fishery of mackerel, herring and blue whiting in the Northeast Atlantic in 2018 has been reduced compared to the advice for 2017.

ICES recommends that the catches of mackerel in 2018 should not exceed 550,948 tonnes, which is a reduction of 36 % compared to 2017. More than 20 nations participate in the fishery, with a total catch of approx. 1,178,850 tonnes in 2017. Greenland’s fishing fleet has fished for mackerel since 2011.

For the herring ICES advises that the total catch in 2018 should be no more than 546,472 tonnes, a reduction of 15 % compared to the advice for 2017. More than 11 nations partake in the fishery, catching a total of approx. 805,142 tonnes in 2017. Greenland’s fishing fleet began fishing for herring in 2007.

ICES recommends that landings of blue whiting in 2018 should not exceed 1,387,872 tonnes. This is a small increase of 3 % compared to 2017. More than 20 nations participate in the fishery, with a total catch of 1.7 million tonnes in 2017. Greenland’s fishing fleet fishes for blue whiting in international and Faroese waters as agreed with other coastal countries. A smaller part is fished in Greenlandic waters.

Traditionally, the fishery on pelagic redfish in the Irminger Sea has been directed toward the upper and lower pelagic stock. The fishery peaked in the mid-90s with an annual catch of more than 240,000 tonnes, but, concurrently with a declining stock and quota, the catch has dropped to less than 30,000 tonnes per year. ICES recommends no directed fishery on any of the stocks in 2017 and 2018. Redfish is a slowly growing species, and improvements cannot be expected in the next few years.

A preliminary advice from ICES recommends not fishing for capelin off East Greenland, Iceland and Jan Mayen during the fishing season 2017-2018. The advice will be updated mid-October, and the final recommendation will come out in January and may be further revised in the beginning of February. The advice for the fishing season 2016-2017 was 299,000 tonnes.

For further information, please contact:

Head of department Helle Siegsta, phone +299 361200 or e-mail hesi@natur.gl

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