Norwegian boats report continued mackerel fishing in the north and attractive North Sea herring from the east of Shetland Fiskebåt has called on the Norwegian government to include the fishing fleet in the climate partnership

Fiskebåt has called on the Norwegian government to include the fishing fleet in the climate partnership. Photo: Norges SIildesalgslag/Helge Skavlan

Norwegian fishing organisation, Fiskebåt has called on the government to include the fishing fleet in the climate partnership.

Fiskebåt is annoyed by the fact that the Norwegian fishing fleet has been excluded from climate partnership discussions even though the Norwegian government entered into agreement of intent on climate partnership with a number collective bargaining and industry organisations earlier this year. The fishing fleet was not invited to the process, despite the fact that Fiskebåt has previously advocated for a climate agreement between the state and the fishing industry.

Fiskebåt believes there is a need for a similar climate partnership agreement between the state and the fishing industry and has therefore now contacted the Ministry of Trade and Fisheries and the Ministry of Climate and Environment with a request that the scheme should not also include the fishing fleet.

“The fishing fleet faces major challenges in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and it is important to achieve this without compromising the objective of harvesting sustainable fish stocks to cover a growing need for climate-friendly protein from the sea. If we are to succeed in this, close cooperation between the authorities and the industry is necessary,” writes Fiskebåt in a letter to the two ministries.

Earlier this year, the government entered into an agreement of intent on climate partnership with, among others, the Coastal Lines and the Norwegian Shipping Association.

Fiskebåt believes, among other things, that there is a need to discuss which instruments are most effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the fishing fleet, and raises, among other things, questions about whether the current climate strategy with strongly increasing special Norwegian CO2 taxes, combined with a limited compensation scheme, is sustainable in relation to to the competitive situation facing the fishing fleet. And further, whether a notified mixing requirement of biofuel in shipping and fishing on top of this makes sense in the current situation, or whether there is a risk of an escalating development where the fishing vessels bunker abroad or from bunker boats at sea.

“In connection with a climate partnership agreement, it will also be natural to assess the current quota system and fisheries policy objectives in light of the ambitions for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. It is a fact that many of the current instruments in fisheries policy have consequences for greenhouse gas emissions in the fishing fleet. It will be necessary to have a dialogue about the significance of these measures against climate policy ambitions,” writes Fiskebåt in the letter.

The desire for a climate partnership between the fishing industry and the Norwegian authorities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions was also discussed at the annual meeting of Fiskebåt earlier in February.

The resolution from the Fiskebåt annual meeting states, among other things:

“The fishing industry faces major challenges. Uncertain and falling quota prospects for several of our most important fish stocks, rising costs and reduced purchasing power in important markets create greater uncertainty. At the same time, the fishing fleet faces major challenges linked to the green shift, and there are still no simple solutions to these challenges. It is nevertheless important to emphasize that seafood is very climate-friendly, and the objective for the fishing industry must therefore be to reduce greenhouse gas emissions without reducing the production of seafood.

“Fiskebåt believes that close cooperation between the industry and the authorities is necessary to succeed in the green shift in the fishing industry. Fiskebåt has previously taken the initiative for a partnership agreement on climate-reducing measures for the fishing fleet and will encourage the Ministry of Trade and Fisheries to follow up on this. In this connection, reference is made to the fact that the government has recently entered into partnership agreements with other shipping industries.”

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