The capelin stock is currently strong, and is harvested sustainably with a precautionary harvest control rule.
The capelin stock is assessed by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) using an assessment model specially designed for this stock.
The capelin fishery was closed from 2003 to 2008, as the spawning stock was below 200 000 tons, even in the absence of a fishery. In 2009 the capelin fishery was reopened when the stock spawning biomass was calculated to be 500 000 tons.
Over the past years, there has been an increase of the capelin stock. Today this is potentially the largest capelin stock in the world. For 2013 the quota was set to 200 000 tons.
- Norwegian Capelin Management (fisheries.no)