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Record number of cod prompts discussion. Norwegian anglers believe there is too much cod in the northeastern Atlantic, and are calling for the government to step in. Scientists set a quota five years ago limiting fisherman to 309,000 tonnes per year, but anglers are now hoping to see this figure more than double to 751,000 for 2012. They will be debating this at the annual Fishermans’ Association (Norges Fiskarlag) meeting in Trondheim this week.

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Record number of cod prompts discussion

Published on Monday, 3rd October, 2011 at 09:58 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 3rd October 2011 at 10:11.

Norwegian anglers believe there is too much cod in the northeastern Atlantic, and are calling for the government to step in.

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Scientists set a quota five years ago limiting fisherman to 309,000 tonnes per year, but anglers are now hoping to see this figure more than double to 751,000 for 2012.

They will be debating this at the annual Fishermans’ Association (Norges Fiskarlag) meeting in Trondheim this week.

“We wonder if there is too much cod in the sea. The large population eats many other fish that could be useful for other purposes. Stocks of cod also eat 220,000 tons of cod,” Association leader Reidar Nilsen tells NTB.

Delegates at the meeting, which opens on Wednesday, will also discuss how the fishing fleet can be developed. Many of the vessels used are now more than 20 years old.

Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Lisbeth Berg-Hansen, who states she wants Norway to be “the best seafood nation in the world, will also attend.

“We would like to challenge the minister to explain which conditions she believes are necessary for a profitable and strong business,” says Mr Nilsen.

Annual cod stock negotiations between Norway and Russia will take place next week in Kaliningrad.




Published on Monday, 3rd October, 2011 at 09:58 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 3rd October 2011 at 10:11.

This post has the following tags: lisbethberg-hansen, norwegiancodstocks.





  
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