Supply - Total allowable catch

The total allowable catch (TAC) is set for every fishing year (Sept-Aug) by the Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, based on the recommendation from the Marine Research Institute (MRI). The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) also provides advice on many stocks.

Each vessel is allocated a certain share of the total allowable catch (TAC) of the relevant species. The catch limit of each vessel during the fishing year is thus determined on basis of the TAC of the relevant species and the vessel’s share in the total catch.

The TACs (in tons) for the main species for the fishing year 2019-2020:

Species nameTAC, metric tonsLatin name
270.411Gadus morhua
Saithe80.588Pollachius virens
Haddock40.723Melanogrammus aeglefinus
Golden redfish38.896Sebastes marinus
Greenland halibut12.047Reinhardtius hippoglossoides
Deepsea redfish11,786Sebastes mentella
Atlantic wolffish8.344Anarhichas lupus
Ling5.299Molva molva
Tusk2.906Brosme brosme
Plaice6.985Pleuronectes platessa
Herring34.572Clupea harengus
Lemon sole1,304Microstomus kitt
Witch1,116Glyptocephalus cynoglossus
Dab500Limanda limanda

For information in English about the status of fish stocks, please visit the Marine Research Institutes web.  

For further details on TAC, please visit the website of the Directorate of Fisheries.