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Study Predicts Collapse of Atlantic Cod Stock

The Icelandic Marine Research Institute has expressed its doubts regarding the results of a new study, reported on in Science Daily, predicting a collapse in the Atlantic cod stock. However, the Ministry of Fisheries will look into the matter.

Icelandic cod. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Fishing and fish processing is of extreme importance to the Icelandic economy, especially cod. All news of a potential recession in cod fishing in Icelandic waters could therefore have a wide-reaching impact, RÚV reports.

RÚV reported last weekend that a group of scientists had concluded that a collapse in the Atlantic cod stock may be imminent.

The cod stock is divided into three groups, one of which has specialized in living in shallow waters. Another group lives in deep waters and the third, somewhere in between. The study shows that fishermen primarily catch cod from the first group and reasons that this practice could lead to the cod stock’s collapse.

“We believe this is a rather pessimistic conclusion,” said Jóhann Sigurjónsson, director of the Icelandic Marine Research Institute. “All data collected by the Marine Research Institute, and that is not a small amount, indicate that the cod stock is not at all in danger as the study predicts.”

However, Minister of Fisheries Jón Bjarnason is planning to meet the scientists who undertook the study. “If this is correct, we have to review how we use this [fishing] quota system and whether it is suitable according to this new information. But we will look at the matter in its entirety.”

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