Nofima reports

Rapport/Report 6/2009 English summary

Henriksen, Edgar; Dreyer, Bent Magne; Bendiksen, Bjørn Inge

Publication details

Publisher: Nofima AS

Issue: 6/2009

Number of pages: 50

International Standard Numbers:
Printed: 978-82-7251-670-2

Open Access: green


The Icelandic long line fishery has a positive development in terms of increasing shares of the ground fish catches. The Norwegian long line fishery does not show similar positive developments. Explanations for these differences are regulatory measurements and market preferences.

Iceland, unlike Norway has:
• An attractive quota bonus (16 %) for hand baited long line
• Introduced an ITQ-sytem for the hand jigging fleet and restrictions on sale of quotas to others than hand jiggers or long liners.
• A fleet of smaller vessels equipped with the autoline system. The efficiency and profitability of this fleet enables the owners to buy additional quotas.
• The fish processing industry can invest in long liners and allocate quotas to them due to preferences for long line caught fish

On top of this the customers of the fish processing industry prefer long line caught fish because of product quality and because it is considered to be environmentaly friendly.