2 September 2021

New Fishing Quotas in Iceland

Here below is the info on how much quota the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture decided to issue for the upcoming fishing year by each species (which starts on the 1st of September). 

Please note that the figures can still change slightly. However, the change in numbers will not affect the big picture much and we can just refer to the information being based on issued data by the Directorate of Fisheries retrieved on the 31st of August 2021.

Issued quotas for the fishing year 2021/2022:

Cod (Gadus morhua): 175.940 MTs

Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus): 33.062 MTs

Saithe (Pollachius virens): 61.741 MTs

Redfish (Sebastes marinus): 27.259 MTs

Deepwater Redfish (Sebastes mentella): 7.506 MTs

Ling (Molva molva): 2.696 MTs

Blueling (Molva dypterygia) : 253 MTs

Atlantic catfish (Anarhichas lupus): 7.681 MTs

Spotted catfish (Anarhichas minor): 320 MTs

Tusk (Brosme brosme): 1.317 MTs

Silversmelt (Argentina silus): 8.754 MTs

Herring (Clupea harengus): 68.411 MTs

Greenland halibut (Reinhardtius hippoglossoides): 13.096 MTs

Prawn (Pandalus borealis): 4.855 MTs

Plaice (Pleuronectes platessa): 6.800 MTs

Lemon sole (Microstomus kitt): 1.122 MTs

Witch (Glyptocephalus cynoglossus): 893 MTs

Dab (Limanda limanda): 273 MTs


This info is from the Directorate of Fisheries’s website: News from Fiskistofa, the Directorate of Fisheries | Vefur Fiskistofu 

The mackerel quota for next year’s season will not be issued until next spring.

For your information, the decision on how much quota is issued by the Ministry each fishing year is based on scientific advice from the Marine & Freshwater Research Institute (MFRI). Here below is a link onto their site in English where the institution’s advice for each species is explained (both in Icelandic and then English below). You have to click on the attached document in the advice column for each species to see their explanations and logic which they base their advice on this year’s catching on.

Advice | Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (hafogvatn.is)

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