Barents Sea cod, haddock quotas increased

Norway and Russia earlier this week set their 2010 fishing quotas in the Barents Sea.

The cod quota was set at 607,000 metric tons for next year, up from 546,000 metric tons this year and 525,000 metric in 2008.

The quota increase comes on the heels of a late September report by Norway’s Institute of Marine Research that said Barents Sea cod population has increased significantly in the past few years.

The haddock quota was set at 243,000 metric tons for 2010, up from 194,000 tons in 2009 and 155,000 tons in 2008.

And the capelin quota was set at 360,000 metric tons for next year. That’s down from 390,000 metric tons this year. However, until 2009 the fishery had been closed since 2003 to regenerate the stock.

The Barents Sea quotas are divided between Norway and Russia.

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