A temporary agreement has been signed between the EU and Norway regarding fishing in the Skagerrak
On 06 January, a temporary agreement was signed between the EU and Norway regarding fishing in the Skagerrak, valid for the month of January.
This means that a list of named Danish vessels can fish in Norwegian territory in the Skagerrak, just as named Norwegian vessels have access to EU territory in the Skagerrak. The list of vessels can be seen below.
Vessels under 12 metres are exempt from the agreement and can thus continue fishing in Norwegian territory and EU territory, respectively.
The Danish Fisheries Association is positive that Norway has reached out in this difficult time and has signed an agreement with the EU for the Skagerrak valid for the month of January. However, the Danish Fisheries Association would have liked to have seen even more vessels gain access to Norwegian territory in the waters.
“We are pleased with the Norwegian hospitality for fishing in the Skagerrak. It is really necessary with the situation that the fishing is in. But there are many vessels that are jumping to be allowed to fish in Norwegian territory in the waters, and we do not believe that the list of Danish vessels that have gained temporary access to the Norwegian zone is adequate. We have fought to get more vessels on the list, so we could at least get access for the most relevant vessels, but unfortunately without success,” says Svend-Erik Andersen, chairman of the Danish Fisheries Association.
Delegations from the EU and Norway have agreed that only vessels that had access to fishing in Norwegian territory in the Skagerrak in January 2020 and that have reported catches during the period will be allowed to fish in the area in January 2021.
“The way they have given access to fishing in the Skagerrak leaves a lot to be desired. There are a number of vessels that fished elsewhere in January 2020, or for example were not in the fishery, which later in 2020 have fished for many months in Norwegian territory. So there are some vessels that get stuck here in January if they can not come to Norwegian territory to fish,” says Svend-Erik Andersen.