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Land O'Hoy! Leaving the winter survey

Even though the sun is back, winter still keeps a strong hold, but here along the coast of Finnmark activity is high. The spawning migration for cod is just starting, and so is the large, economically important and historically significant coastal fishery for cod.

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Lesser sandeel

Preliminary advice for lesser sandeel

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.

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Continued cooperation on the survey on Norwegian spring-spawning herring (NSSH)

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.

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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.

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