Nofima reports

Rapport/Report 14/2003 English summary

Isaksen, John Roald; Dreyer, Bent Magne; Rånes, Stein Arne

Publication details

Publisher: Nofima AS (tidligere Fiskeriforskning)

Issue: 14/2003

Number of pages: 31

International Standard Numbers:
Printed: 82-7251-524-5

Open Access: green


The findings presented in this report is a part of the project Markedstilpassede høstingsstrategier, which main objective is to provide knowledge on how the Norwegian fishery regulations can encourage a behaviour at sea that increases the value of landings from fish resources. The case studied here is the catch of cod baiting for capelin at the Finnmark coast in the spring. This harvest strategy is hard to grasp in a market perspective, as these catches do not reach their potential value due to poor quality. From such a perspective, the cod baiting on capelin represents a series of disadvantages. Due to the intensive baiting during this period the quality is easily deteriorated and the size of the fish is smaller than what can be expected in other waters in other seasons of the year. Both these parameters indicate a potential loss for the fishing industry, owing to a poor utilisation of the price potential.

The development in later years has been one where increasingly greater shares of the cod quotas are caught at unfavourable points of time for both quality and production. In this report we document the extent of this ‘olympic’ fishery; the underlying factors explaining this harvest strategy and the most important actors.