The Norwegian closed area rotation management for lesser sandeel have been in place since 2010, and the Institute of Marine Reseach’s preliminary quota advice on lesser sandeel (Ammodytes marinus) is reduced from 100 000 tonnes in 2015 to 40 000 tonnes in 2016. It is further adviced that the sub-areas 1b, 2a, 3a and 3b should be opened for regular fishery for sandeel from 15 April to 23 June 2016. The final advice for lesser sandeel will be presented in mid May.read more
As last year, the Institute of Marine Research, in cooperation with the fishermen, carries out a survey on Norwegian spring-spawning herring. Tuesday 2 February, the vessels “Libas”, “M. Ytterstad” and “Vendla” started a two-week long survey to map the herring stock during spawning migration.read more
Mid-winter in the Arctic is not the season when going to sea is most tempting. It's dark 20 hours a day, ice-cold, bad weather, frequent storms, and altogether rather miserable. For the fish this doesn't matter, and in January and February, the large bottom-dwelling fishes like cod, haddock and saithe prepare for their annual spawning season.read more
In focus: Norwegian spring-spawning herring
The herring is a pelagic fish inhabiting the upper water masses. Norwegian spring-spawning herring (NSSH) belongs to the Atlanto-Scandian herring together with Icelandic summer-spawning and Icelandic spring-spawning herring.
Norwegian spring-spawning herring has its main s pawning off Møre during February-March, but spawning areas extends northwards to Vesterålen.