NAFO approved overall TACs and Russia’s fishing quotas for 2021

November 25, 2020 09:58

The NAFO has made public the total allowable catch, as well as Russia's fishing quotas in the NAFO regulatory area (North-West Atlantic) in 2021, reports Megafishnet.com.

The dynamics of the quotas in 2018-2021 is disappointing for the Russian fishermen only as regards Atlantic cod while the other species have been stable or slightly rising.

TAC (total allowable catch) and Russian fishing quotas for particular species in the NAFO regulatory area (North-West Atlantic) in 2018-2021, metric tons

Species

2018

2019

2020

2021

TAC

Russian quota

TAC

Russian quota

TAC

Russian quota

TAC

Russian quota

Atlantic cod 3М

11145

721

17500

1132

8531

552

1500

97

Redfish 3LN

14200

4085

14200

4085

18100

5207

18100

5207

Redfish 3М

7000

9137

10500

9137

8591

9137

8448

9137

Redfish 3О

20000

6500

20000

6500

20000

6500

20000

6500

Greenland halibut 3LМNО

12227

1560

12242

1562

12542

1600

12225

1560

White hake

1000

59

1000

59

1000

59

1000

59

Skates

7000

1167

7000

1167

7000

1167

7000

1167

Witch

1116

277

1175

302

1175

302

1175

302

Squid

34000

749

34000

749

34000

749

34000

749

Source: Fishnet.ru.

The table shows that in 2021, the TAC and, accordingly, the Russian cod quota of the 3M division (Flemish Cap Bank) has dropped significantly compared to previous years.

According to the NAFO Scientific Committee, the recruitment of this stock has been weak in recent years, and the biomass is decreasing. Guided by the precautionary approach, the Scientific Committee recommended a significant reduction in TAC, a recommendation that was adopted at the NAFO annual session.

In addition, a prohibited period for cod fishing was established – from January 1 to March 31, 2021, the need to use a selective grid, and control of unloading at designated ports. In the new conditions of cod fishing, the value of this resource for Russia becomes insignificant.

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