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Fish expert warns cod fishers

Fish expert Kristján Thórarinsson has warned fishing boat owners who have requested a larger quota due to recent record catch of cod in Icelandic waters that the cod stock may decrease again.

“It would not be wise to hurry up and fish us into the same pitiful situation again, but rather look at this as a reason to be optimistic that we may soon reach good results in building up the cod stock,” Thórarinsson told RÚV, who is an expert at the Federation of Icelandic Fishing Vessel Owners.

The cod stock currently totals 750,000 tons, but the ideal size is 1.5 million tons. Thórarinsson said the goal should be to reach that size and therefore the fishing quota should not be expanded.

Fishermen are making record catches and finishing their quotas. Therefore fishing boat owners in the Westfjords have asked Minister of Fisheries Einar K. Gudfinsson to expand the quota.

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