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Adoption of Fisheries Management Plans with long term precautionary Harvest Control Rules for commercially harvested fish stocks in Icelandic waters.
by Minstry of Industries and Innovation on behalf of the Government of Iceland (Government)
In the early 1990s, Iceland was among leading nations in the development of formal fisheries management policy and long term harvest control rules,with emphasis on the conservation and sustainable use of the economically important Icelandic cod stock which at the time required urgent management attention.

Based on the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct and the 1995 UN Fish stocks Agreement, Iceland has in recent years implemented formal fisheries management plans, including precautionary long term harvest control rules, for some of its most important fish stocks, including cod, saithe, haddock, redfish and pelagic stock like capelin and herring. These management plans have been evaluated to be in conformity with the precautionary approach by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

Several commercially important stocks in Icelandic waters are however managed through advice based on the precautionary approach but without a formal objective or a long term management plan. Iceland has decided to prioritise the development and adoption of formal fisheries management plans with long term harvest control rules or other relevant measures, as appropriate, based on the precautionary approach, for the remaining commercially important stocks in Icelandic waters. The plan is to develop and implement these measures by 2027.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
June 2017
Harvest Control Rule, or other relevant measures, as appropriate, for management of commercially important stocks in Icelandic waters, that are not already under such management
In-kind contribution
Support by the Government of Iceland
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - June 2027
Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (government) Fiskistofa, Directorate of Fisheries (government)
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Jhann Gumundsson, Director General, johann.gudmundsson@anr.is, + 354 5459700
Reykjavik, Iceland
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