Results of the 46th session of the Joint Russian-Norwegian Fishery Commission

24 October 2016

The 46th meeting in the Joint Russian-Norwegian Fishery Commission took place in Norwegian Moss in 17-20 October 2016.

In accordance with the scientific advice of the ICES and harvest control rule Russia and Norway set TAC for Northeast Arctic cod in 2017 in the amount of 890 000 tonnes, which is 4 000 tonnes less than in 2016. The national quota of Russia is 366 523 tonnes including 21 tonnes of Murmansk coastal cos and 7000 tonnes for scientific and management purposes.

The TAC for Northeast Arctic haddock in 2017 was set in accordance with the scientific advice from the ICES at the level of 233 000 tonnes, which is 11 000 tonnes less than in 2016. The national quota of Russia is 104 564 tonnes including 4 000 tonnes for scientific and management purpose.

Having assessed scientific data on the situation in the capelin stock that show low level of the spawning stock caused by natural fluctuation, Russian and Norway agreed to allow catches of the Barents Sea capelin only for scientific and management purposes. No commercial fishing of capelin will be allowed in the Barents Sea in 2017.

The TAC for Greenland halibut in 2017 was set at the level 24 000 tonnes, which is 2 000 tonnes more that in 2016. Russian national quota is 10 875 tonnes including 2 200 tonnes for bycatch in other fisheries and 750 tonnes for scientific and management purpose.

Russian and Norway set the TAC for redfish Sebastes mentella in 2017 at the same level as for 2016 that is 30 000 tonnes. The national quota of Russia is 7 400 tonnes.