The EU will distribute fishing quotas among member states, at the same time extending the cod quota set for the Svalbard zone until 30 April
The EU will distribute its fishing quotas among the member states, at the same time extending the quota set for the Svalbard zone until 30 April.
Norway have deposited 4,500 tonnes of cod that the EU can fish in the first quarter of 2022 according to a report in Norwegian fishing news website Fiskeribladet.
This quota was expected to be increased by the end of the quarter, but so far no agreement has been reached between the Norway and the EU on fishing in the Svalbard zone.
When the EU Member States Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries gather for a meeting today they will discuss the distribution of fishing quotas negotiated by the EU with the UK and Norway, along with discussing how quotas in EU waters will be distributed.
It has been reported that Spain will be the big winners in the distribution of this quota allocation.
The quota of 4,500 tonnes in the Svalbard zone is distributed by 2,220 tonnes to Spain, 923 tonnes to Germany, 463 tonnes to Portugal, 419 tonnes to Poland and 407 tonnes to France.
Council of Ministers press spokesperson Emma O’Driscoll told Fiskeribladet, “Since the discussions with Norway about equal and non-discriminatory access to the Svalbard zone for the Union’s trawlers fishing for cod in this area are still ongoing, it is appropriate that the Union extends the application period for this union quota of 4,500 tonnes to 30 April 2022.
Changed terms of trade
Norway and the EU have since 1978 entered into annual quota agreements on fishing in the North Sea, as well as Norway their fishing west of the British Isles and eu fishing in the economic zone of the Norway in the Barents Sea. Norway are also awarded quotas from the EU in Greenlandic waters, the Norwegian government refers to in its report to the Storting (Norwegian Parliament) on the fisheries agreements Norway are included with other countries.
The level and scope of the quota change has traditionally been a continuation of previous fishing patterns among the parties, but the level also depends on variations in the size of the different stocks. This has now changed, as much of the quotas Norway switch to from the EU were fished in British waters. Now that the British are no longer part of the EU, this will change the terms of trade.