Fish and Shellfish

Responsibility for preparation of advisory material in regard to biology

The department is responsible for preparing the advisory material relating to exploitation and protection of the species that are most important to the community in terms of fisheries.The main focus is research and monitoring of fish, shrimp and snow crab stocks in Greenland waters and advise based on survey and fisheries data is provided to the international working groups of ICES and NAFO.

Information from fisheries and in-house investigations

The researchers use information from fisheries as well as from the institutes own biological scientific investigations as a basis for advising. The results of these investigations are presented in international scientific bodies where researchers from the member countries compare and assess the scientific information on the development of the various fish populations. Subsequently, the researchers prepare the advisory material supplied by Pinngortitaleriffik to the Greenland Home Rule.

Routine assignments, reports, and scientific papers

The Department of Fish and Shrimps carries out a number of routine assignments as part of the scientific work. These include analysis of log book information, age determination of fish by otolith examination, collection and analysis of samplings from fisheries, investigation of crab egg maturation stages, analyses of fisheries statistics, and planning and completion of annually recurring population studies of shrimp, crab, Greenland halibut, cod, and salmon. In addition, the department continuously plans and carries out new research projects and prepares reports, meeting documents, scientific papers, and advisory material as well as participating in international meetings in scientific settings.

Hydrographical data for international climate research

Finally, Pinngortitaleriffik collects hydrographical data, which is e.g. sent on to international databases for use in international climate research. The department makes a point of increasing the contact to the entire fisheries area in order to improve the cooperation and exchange of knowledge between fishermen, biologists, fisheries inspectors, hunting and fisheries officers, and interest groups.

Cooperation with local fishermen

Therefore, employees meet locally with interested parties whenever possible in order to gain information on local fishermen’s experience regarding the resources and to present and discuss study methods, results, advising, and biological issues. In addition, employees participate in seminars on fisheries issues and provide teaching in relevant topics.

Participation in international scientific work

Employees participate in international scientific research activities relating to advising on the species with which the department is concerned. The department is represented in the following international bodies:

Updated 04.19.2011

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