The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) is recommending a total allowable catch for Icelandic capelin of 400,000 metric tons for the 2021-2022 season.

The actual quota will be set by the Icelandic Ministry of Fisheries, after a survey is carried out in the New Year.

The season runs from July 2021 to March 2022, and the advice concerns the capelin stocks in Iceland and Faroes fishing grounds, as well as East Greenland and the Jan Mayen area.

"The initial advice for 2021-2022 is higher than the initial advice for the 2020-2021 fishing season, because the estimated number of immature fish was higher after the autumn survey in 2020," said ICES.

Last year, ICES recommended an initial TAC for the fishing season July 2020–March 2021 of 169,520 metric tons. There was no season in the end after disappointing results from the survey.

The basis of the advice is the harvest control rule (HCR) agreed by the Coastal States -- Greenland, Norway, and Iceland -- in 2015.