Sustainable levels of fish catch in Iceland

The overall objective of the REDUCTIONS* project is to identify the potential for absolute resource and energy use reduction in production-consumption systems at all levels and to explore ways to realise this potential. The project has the ambition to generate knowledge-for-action and aims to propose science-based policies and strategies with a high potential to achieve substantial reductions.

This case study focuses on fish as a renewable resource and the possibilities of policy to keep fishing within sustainability limits. The fisheries analysed are those of Iceland including all commercial stocks, such as herring, capelin, cod and redfish. The goal is to exploit stocks at levels that obtain the maximum yield whilst still maintaining the population size at the point of maximum growth rate.


This fact sheet is based on:
Mazza, L. D. Fedrigo-Fazio, S. Withana and A. Faria Lopez (2013). Evaluating existing policy mixes to identify solutions for EU resource efficiency – Summary report of 15 reals world policy mixes - Project report. DYNAMIX project, FP7
Newman, S. and L. Mazza (2013). Sustainable levels of fish catch in Iceland. Case Study conducted in the context of the DYNAMIX project, FP7