Fishing the entire quota and live storage of haddock on board before delivery and slaughter could increase earnings by millions. Photo: Frank Gregersen © Nofima

Project Year 2018

Losing out on vast sums

 Industrial economics    Seafood industry  

Unfished quotas and lack of focus on quality mean the Norwegian haddock industry is losing out on vast sums of money – every year.

The quality of haddock is highly variable. The scientists’ advice to the Norwegian haddock fisheries is therefore clear: focus on quality to earn big money.

Approx. NOK 72,000

A cautious estimate from scientist Torbjørn Tobiassen shows that improvements in the quality of the raw materials could yield 30% more haddock loin, instead of block products. This could increase earnings on one day’s production of haddock fillets by at least NOK 72,000.
“Today there is a price difference of NOK 30 per kilo between haddock block and loin, amounting to NOK 9,600 per tonne of fillet. With a daily production of 7.5 tonnes, the difference is NOK 72,000, which adds up to a lot of money over the course of a year,” explains Torbjørn Tobiassen.
Keeping the catch alive on board until delivery, slaughter and pre-rigor processing, can result in a huge improvement in fish quality, ensuring premium products.

NOK 200 million in unfished quotas

In 2017, haddock worth some NOK 200 million were left unfished. The figures for previous years are similar. The scientists believe this is because the quotas have been allocated to the wrong vessel group. Basically, the coastal fleet has been awarded the largest haddock quotas, but it is the off shore fishing fleet that is best equipped and most interested in catching haddock.
“The distribution of the haddock quotas between the vessel groups is not in line with the reality. The growing tendency to favour cod over haddock means large parts of the haddock quotas allocated to the coastal fleet are not being used. In 2017, some 17,000 tonnes of the Norwegian haddock quota north of 62°N were not used,” says Edgar Henriksen, a senior scientist at Nofima.
In light of these figures, it is recommended that the distribution of haddock quotas between vessel groups is reassessed.

Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, SINTEF Ocean, Båtsfjordbruket AS, Lerøy Seafood ASA, Gunnar Klo AS, Nergård AS and MS Ballstadøy

The Norwegian Seafood Research Fund - FHF

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