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Fish stocks

Since 1999, the fishery was regulated according to agreements between the Faroe Islands, EU and Norway. However, since 2009, there has been no coastal state agreement on management and allocation of mackerel. Read more

Photo: Norwegian Seafood Export Council.

The Barents sea capelin stock is currently strong, and is harvested sustainably with a precautionary harvest control rule. The capelin stock is assessed by the ICES, using an assessment model specially designed for this stock. Read more

ICES classifies the blue whiting stock to have full reproduction capacity. The stock is being managed on a sustainable level and after the precautionary approach principle. For 2010 the Norwegian quota was set to 135 297 tonnes. Read more

The North East arctic cod is estimated to be four times larger than it was 25 years ago. This development would not have been possible without the close and constructive fisheries cooperation between Russia and Norway. Read more

The stock of deep-sea redfish in the North-East Arctic is found from 62ºN in the south to the Arctic ice north and east of Spitsbergen. The south-western Barents Sea and the Spitsbergen areas are first of all nursery areas. Read more

Norway is following the advice of the International Council for the Exploitation of the Sea (ICES). The ICES has described recruitment of European eel as critically low and advises that effective measures should be initiated to reduce exploitation as much as possible and as quickly as possible. Read more

Greenland halibut is a long-lived species which can only sustain low exploitation. The stock has been at a low level for several years, but there are indications of an increase in recent years. During this period, mean catches have been around 13 000 tons. Read more

In Norway we have two management plans for the haddock. One for the North East Arctic haddock and one that has been agreed by the Joint Norwegian Russian Fishery Commission and has been in force since 2004. For the North Sea haddock a management plan has been agreed by EU and Norway in 2008. Read more

The information we have on the ling stock is mostly gathered from the fisheries. This gives too little information and data to estimate the stock size, but is enough to see the tendency over a period of time. From 2009 it is not allowed to have a direct fishing on blue ling in the Norwegian zone. Read more

The stock of North Sea herring is classified as having full reproduction capacity and as being harvested sustainably. Read more

Fishing mortality has generally been lower than the natural mortality for this stock and has decreased in recent years well below the long term average. Read more

The Norwegian Spring Spawning herring stock is at a sustainable level. This is a result of a large spawning biomass and a highly functional management plan. Read more

In Norway we have two management plans for the saithe; for the North East Arctic saithe and for the North Sea saithe. Read more

In 2011 Norway introduced a new management regime for sandeel based on spatial management of the stock in order to prevent local depletion in the Norwegian Economic Zone. Read more

Based on the ICES approach for data-limited stocks, ICES advises that catches should be no more than 9040 t. This is the first year ICES is providing quantitative advice for data-limited stocks. Read more