News: Cod quotas 2024

09 February 2024

Cod and haddock are the UK’s favourite fish, but we don’t have anywhere near enough to satisfy demand and have always imported more that we have caught via a series of negotiations with Norway, Iceland the Faroes, and Greenland.

The UK distant waters fishing fleet goes outside UK waters to catch cod and haddock because there's not enough in our waters to supply our fish and chip shops. It is a case of us catching those fish in distant waters or importing the fish from other countries.

For 2023, the UK was allocated only 750 tonnes of cod in Norwegian waters and 5,200 tonnes in the waters around Svalbard. The UK had no fishing opportunities in NAFO (Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization) and has no quotas in Greenland.

In the last two years the results of negotiations have been a disaster for the fleet. For 2024 the UK has been allocated only 700 tonnes of cod in Norwegian waters and 4,144 tonnes around Svalbard. The UK has also lost fishing opportunities in Greenland.

Therefore, the total available cod in distant waters for 2024 is less than 6,000 tonnes (if we include 1,100 tonnes of NAFO quota allocated to the UK fleet) compared with a total of 19,500 in 2018.


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