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Icelandic Cod Stock on the Path to Recovery

By Iceland Review

A report on the condition of demersal fish stocks in Icelandic waters, released by the Icelandic Marine Research Institute on Friday, states that the cod index is ten percent higher than usual, compared to the past 12 years.

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“These results are very pleasing and hopefully they indicate that the cod stock is about to recover,” Fridrik J. Arngrímsson, managing director of the Federation of Icelandic Fishing Vessel Owners (LÍÚ), said in a press release.

According to the Marine Research Institute’s report, 90-centimeter-long cod makes up 20 percent of the index, which is the highest value since such research was first undertaken 12 years ago. The percentage of cod measuring between 80 and 90 centimeters in length is 35 percent and has not been higher since 1996.

Research vessel Árni Fridriksson also examined the presence of cod in Greenlandic waters due to indications that Icelandic cod is there in search of food. The conclusion was that the fish in Greenlandic waters has on average three times as much food in its stomach as the fish caught off Iceland.

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