Iceland recommends 6% hike in cod quota, 20% for haddock

Marine Research Institute recommends a quota of more than 257,500 tons for cod. 

The Icelandic Marine Research Institute (MRI) is recommending a hike of 6 percent to Atlantic cod quota for the 2017-2018 season, according to the latest stock report.

Based on the scientific data, the institute is recommending cod total allowable catch (TAC) of 257,572 metric tons for the 2017/2018 season, up from the 244,000 metric tons recommended a year earlier. 

In addition, the government  advised a 41,390 metric tons haddock quota for the year 2017/2018, a 20 percent increase over the previous year when it was 34,600 metric tons.

This increase is based on improved recruitment of haddock in 2016 and 2017 compared to five years before, said the MRI. 

Earlier on Tuesday, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) set its recommendations for the 2018 cod and haddock fishing season in the Barents Sea

Iceland is also recommending a 10 percent increase in the pollock TAC to 60,237 metric tons, up from 55,000 metric tons last year.

However, after the spawning stock of golden redfish declined slightly, the quota has been decreased by 4 percent to 50,800 metric tons.

Under the agreement between Iceland and Greenland, 90 percent or 45,720 metric tons will revert to Iceland. 

Advice for Greenland halibut is unchanged from last year, at 24,000 metric tons. Under the agreement between Iceland and Greenland, 13,536 metric tons will be allocated to Iceland.

Icelandic summer spawning herring, however will see a decrease of 38 percent compared with the current season to 39,000 metric tons due to a reduction in stock size and poor recruitment.

Advice for flatfish stocks are little changed from last season, excluding lemon sole where recommended quota increased by 20 percent to 1,304 metric tons. 

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