Norwegian coastal gillnetter fishing for cod. (Photo: Odin Hjellestad/Stock File)
2013 quota for cod set at 1 million tonnes
Monday, October 15, 2012, 05:00 (GMT + 9)
The Joint Norwegian-Russian Fisheries Commission signed a fisheries agreement for 2013 in Trondheim, including a record-high quota of 1 million tonnes of cod in the Barents Sea.
The new agreement will allow Norwegian fishers to fish approximately 107,000 tonnes of cod more than the year before, which will boost jobs at sea and along the coast, said Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Lisbeth Berg-Hansen.
Norway assures that the quotas established for 2013 are sustainable and safe per the advice of the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES). The overall quota for Northeast Arctic cod in 2013 is 1 million tonnes, 249,000 tonnes more than in 2012, thanks to the good status of the resource.
The total quota is divided between Norway, Russia and third countries in the same pattern as in previous years. Norway's quota will be 446,740 tonnes.
As for haddock, the total quota is set at 200,000 tonnes for 2013, 118,000 tonnes fewer than last year, and 38,000 tonnes lower than what the management strategy dictates to protect stocks.
Norway’s haddock quota will be 98,154 tonnes, including the research quota.
The capelin global quota is set at 200,000 tonnes, in line with ICES’s advice -- a decrease of 37 per cent from 2012.
The overall quota for Greenland halibut for 2013 was lifted by 1,000 tonnes to 19,000 tonnes.
“From an international standpoint, the Norwegian-Russian agreement is unique in terms of economic cooperation,” said Berg-Hansen. “The quota agreement for 2013 has a budget of around NOK 15 billion (EUR 2 billion) just in catch value. This provides opportunities for the export of great value to the world markets and increased value creation in Norway.”
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