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The Chair of the Coastal States talks for a quota sharing arrangement for North East Atlantic Mackerel has issued his report

More time required to reach agreement reports Chair of Coastal States Consultations

The Chair of the North Atlantic Coastal States consultations for a quota sharing arrangement for North East Atlantic Mackerel has issued his report on the latest round of negotiations.

Colin Faulkner, Chair of the Consultations reports that the parties to the consultations had agreed that more time was needed to reach what they called a “comprehensive and inclusive set of arrangements” for the sharing of North East Atlantic Mackerel sharing.

The Chair of the Consultations report says, “Heads of delegation from the United Kingdom, the European Union, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and Norway met in London from 27 to 30 March 2023 to consider the management of North-East Atlantic mackerel. They noted that the parties had met several times in recent months to discuss a new suite of management measures for the stock, including a long-term quota-sharing arrangement. They agreed that, while good progress had been made in those consultations, they required more time to reach a comprehensive and inclusive set of arrangements. They also agreed to continue their consultations, and that those consultations for the remainder of 2023 would be chaired by Iceland.

The coastal states, consisting of the UK, the EU, Norway, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland have had several meetings since December when they met to agree a total of 782,006 tonnes of quota for North East Atlantic mackerel for 2023 which is in line with the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) recommended catch limit, but none of the meetings ended in a successful sharing arrangement.

Non-governmental organisations such as the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group (NAPA) have been calling of the North Atlantic coastal states to reach an arrangement in order to ensure a sustainable future for the fishery.

Delegates from the coastal states had a hard dealdline of 31 March for a final agreement.

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