The EAPO has produced the EU pelagic industry position paper on Coastal States negotiations for pelagic stocks in 2022
The European Association of Fish Producers Organisation (EAPO) Northern Pelagic Working Group has produced the EU pelagic industry position paper on Coastal States negotiations for pelagic stocks in 2022.
The Paper states that the mackerel situation has entered into “very turbulent waters” this year following Brexit.
They write, “An already unstable situation when the 3-party agreement between the EU, Faroe Islands and Norway ended in 2020 and when the UK became the new coastal state, has worsened when both Norway and the Faroe Islands decided to unilaterally increase their 2021 mackerel quotas with 55%. The result of this will be that the ICES advised 2021 TAC will be overshot with 42%.”
They say that the Coastal States must try and find a settlement for the joint sharing and management of this stock.
The want all Coastal States to follow the ICES advice of a total allowable catch (TAC) of 794,920 tonnes in 2022. They continue, “The industry also wants to support the other recommendations regarding NEA mackerel that forms part of the PELAC recommendation.”
On joint management and sharing arrangements of the stock, the EAPO believe that under the current circumstances it is improbable that the Coastal State will make progress towards a sharing agreement. They say for the EU industry, a sharing agreement for the three major stocks put together in a package deal would be of no advantage.
They also say that it is important for the EU to seek a collaboration with the UK in these negotiations.
They have also noted the increase in mackerel catches in EU/UK waters, which they say is 50% and 60%, and say that the annual catch in the waters of Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands is reducing over the years. They also say that the mackerel catch in international waters is high and increasing.
“From this the EU industry concludes that the EU and UK should jointly propose to limit the mackerel fishery in international waters to a maximum percentage of the quotas set by the coastal states. The industry thinks of a maximum percentage of 10%,” claims the Paper.
The Paper examines blue whiting for 2022, giving similar advice on ICES advice and joint management and sharing arrangements.
The Position Paper also examines the Atlanto Scandic herring, North Sea herring, North Sea horse mackerel and western horse mackerel, along with silversmelt and the EU-Norway exchange of quotas.
The full paper can be read by clicking here.