Norway will have nearly 450,000 tonnes of cod at its disposal next year after a 33% rise in the Barents Sea cod quota.
The total 2013 quota for Northeast Arctic Cod - which Norway shares with Russia - was set last week at one million tonnes - the highest ever for cod in the Barents Sea. Of this, Norway owns 446,740 tonnes.
But the region’s haddock quota will be cut by 41%, to 200,000 tonnes after a decline in population, the Norwegian Seafood Council said.
The cod quota increase showed Norway’s success in managing its fisheries in harmony with nature, the NSC said. “The quotas for 2013 are sustainable and safe,” said Johan Kvalheim, UK director of the NSC.