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 2020-2021:

Species nameTAC, metric tonsLatin name
256,593Gadus morhua
Saithe78,574Pollachius virens
Haddock45,389Melanogrammus aeglefinus
Golden redfish38,342Sebastes marinus
Greenland halibut23,530Reinhardtius hippoglossoides
Deepsea redfish12,385Sebastes mentella
Atlantic wolffish8,761Anarhichas lupus
Ling5,700Molva molva
Tusk2,289Brosme brosme
Plaice7,037Pleuronectes platessa
Herring35,490Clupea harengus
Lemon sole1,073Microstomus kitt
Witch854Glyptocephalus cynoglossus
Dab319Limanda 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.