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West Greenland Salmon Fishery Measures

 
Maniitsoq Glacier
Fishing Boat
Maniitsoq
 
Photo courtesy of Iain McLaren, FRS
Photos courtesy of Mark Ives, CEFAS


Regulatory measures have been agreed by the West Greenland Commission for most of the years since NASCO's establishment. These have resulted in greatly reduced allowable catches in the West Greenland fishery, reflecting declining abundance of the contributing salmon stocks. In all but two years since 1998, the fishery has been restricted to an internal-use fishery and commercial export of salmon is not permitted. The declared salmon catch at West Greenland is shown in the graph below.

catch west greenland


To view details of the measures click the relevant year.

Year
Allowable catch (tonnes)
Comments / other measures
870
 
1985
-
Greenlandic authorities unilaterally established quota of 852t
850
Catch limit adjusted for season commencing after 1 August.
1987
850
Catch limit adjusted for season commencing after 1 August.
2520
Annual catch in any year not to exceed annual average (840t) by more than 10%. Catch limit adjusted for season commencing after 1 August.
1991
-
Greenlandic authorities unilaterally established quota of 840t.
1992
-
No TAC imposed by Greenlandic authorities but if the catch in first 14 days of the season had been higher compared to the previous year a TAC would have been imposed.
213
An agreement detailing a mechanism for establishing an annual quota in each of the years 1993 to 1997 was adopted by the Commission.
159
 
77
 
1996
-
Greenlandic authorities unilaterally established a quota of 174t.
57
An addendum to the 1993 Agreement was agreed by the Commission.
Internal consumption fishery only
Amount for internal consumption has been estimated in the past to be 20t.
Internal consumption fishery only

Amount for internal consumption has been estimated in the past to be 20t.
In 2000, a Resolution Regarding the Fishing of Salmon at West Greenland was agreed by the Commission. Read more...

28 – 200
Under an ad hoc management programme the allowable catch will be determined on the basis of CPUE data obtained during the fishery.
20 - 55
Under an ad hoc management programme the allowable catch will be determined on the basis of CPUE data obtained during the fishery.
2003
Internal consumption fishery only
Amount for internal consumption has been estimated in the past to be 20t.
2004
Internal consumption fishery only
Amount for internal consumption has been estimated in the past to be 20t.
2005
Internal consumption fishery only
Amount for internal consumption has been estimated in the past to be 20t.
2006-2008
Internal consumption fishery only
Amount for internal consumption has been estimated in the past to be 20t.
2009-2011
Internal consumption fishery only
Amount for internal consumption has been estimated in the past to be 20t.
2012-2014
Internal consumption fishery only
Amount for internal consumption has been estimated in the past to be 20t.
2015-2017
45
Greenland unilaterally committed to limit the total annual catch for all components of its fishery to take no more than 45 t in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Any overharvest in a particular year will result in an equal reduction in the catch limit in the following year. Greenland will further improve the monitoring, management control, and surveillance of its salmon fishery in accordance with the Plan for Implementation of Monitoring and Control Measures in the Salmon Fishery at West Greenland, WGC(15)20 with the objective of achieving full catch accountability.