The eagerly awaited quota proposals from the Icelandic Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (Hafró) came in today. It was the result of a week long 5 vessel research excursion that spanned the east and northern part of the island.
The result was a quota increase of about 26% or about 57.000mt. This takes the total capelin quota for 2023 up to 275.705mt.
A final excursion is planned on the 10th of February.
The Icelandic factories have already begun processing capelin for eastern Europe. As the roe yield continues to increase they will soon be freezing female capelin for the Asian markets. The final couple of weeks of the season are normally reserved for the roe production which is the most valuable part of the capelin.