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Cod Stock Index in Icelandic Waters Rising Again

The Iceland Marine Research Institute has announced that the cod stock index has increased by 12 percent since last year, although it is still lower than between 2002 and 2006. Iceland’s cod stock may therefore be recovering.

However, neither the Marine Research Institute nor the Ministry of Fisheries were prepared to state whether this development will lead to an increase in the cod fishing quota for the next fishing season, Morgunbladid reports.

“The advice we gave last year was aimed at, on one hand, reducing the likelihood of the number of cod decreasing in coming years, and, on the other, to strengthen the stock of spawning fish and thus increase the likelihood of better recruitment in the future,” said director of the Marine Research Institute Jóhann Sigurjónsson.

“We want the share of older fish to be higher within the cod stock,” Sigurjónsson continued. “Sensible fisheries for the past few years are delivering results judging by our latest count where the index for cod spawned before 2001 is rising.”

“We do not, however, have a strong index for 2007 and that may delay the recovery [of the cod stock], which we are hoping will take place in the coming years. These results are completely consistent with what we forecast last year. Nothing comes as a surprise,” Sigurjónsson concluded.

The Marine Research Institute’s research of the volume of the Icelandic cod stock in 2007 delivered poor results, causing Minister of Fisheries Einar K. Gudfinnsson to cut the cod fishing quota considerably.

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