The coastal states have now agreed a total quota for blue whiting of 752,736 tonnes, and for NVG herring a total quota of 598 588 tonnes

The coastal states have now agreed a total quota for blue whiting of 752,736 tonnes, and for NVG herring a total quota of 598,588 tonnes for 2022

The coastal states have now agreed on quotas for NVG herring and blue whiting for 2022.

There was full agreement to follow the quota council from ICES, so the quotas for 2022 will be 752,736 tonnes of blue whiting and 598,588 tonnes of NVG herring, respectively.

With regard to agreements on zone access for Norwegian fishermen in other countries’ zones, this will be implemented as bilateral negotiations later in the year.

The final quotas for Norwegian fishermen for next year will be ready after the regulations have been determined and there are final figures for quota changes and this year’s fishing.

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“I am glad that we have now reached an agreement on the total quotas. Disagreement over the quota distribution for both of these stocks means that more than the total quota that has been set will be fished again this year. Despite this, both populations are within safe biological limits. We also agree to meet again in early 2022 to start work on the distribution of shares on both blue whiting and herring,” says Minister of Fisheries and Marine Affairs Bjørnar Skjæran.

All parties agree that the total quota shall be determined in accordance with the management rules for the stocks previously agreed by the parties and the professional recommendations of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

Norway, the EU, the United Kingdom, the Faroe Islands and Iceland are coastal states for blue whiting, while the coastal states for herring are Norway, Russia, the United Kingdom, the Faroe Islands and Iceland.

It has also been agreed that the coastal states will establish working groups that will continue the work with zone affiliation analyzes for both blue whiting and herring. This will be important knowledge for the future.

With regard to agreements on zone access for Norwegian fishermen in other countries’ zones, this will be implemented as bilateral negotiations later in the year.

The final quotas for Norwegian fishermen for next year will be ready after the regulations have been determined and there are final figures for quota changes and this year’s fishing.

In the mackerel negotiations, the parties meet in London today, and the Pelagic Association hopes that an agreement will also be reached here for 2022.

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Agreement on quotas for NVG Herring and Blue Whiting for 2022

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