Fiskebåt has taken issue with the government after the Norwegian fleet was notified that a French rocket can land in the sea around Bjørnøya
The Norwegian fishing fleet has been notified that a French rocket can land in the area around Bjørnøya (Bear Island) in the period 16 November to 26 November between 09.32 and 11.49 UTC.
“The warning is very inaccurate on time period, area and what will actually fall into the area,” says department manager Tor Are Vaskinn in Fiskebåt.
Fiskebåt has therefore sent a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, requesting that the matter be raised with the French authorities, and that the matter be given the highest priority.
“As far as we can see, there are now about 30 trawlers with a total of 600-700 people on board in the area which is described as a danger area and we must have clear information from the authorities to avoid danger. If the fleet has to give way due to the rocket launch, this will lead to a significant financial loss, as it appears with the daily window the area must be “active”,” says Vaskinn.
Fiskebåt therefore expect the Norwegian authorities to provide accurate information on the degree of danger, the area that must be evacuated and when this must happen. In the letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fiskebåt asks for an account of how the notification routines should work and what international rules apply in the event of a fallout from rocket launches.
“This is a significant intervention in the fishery. The ongoing cod and haddock fishing in the area will in reality have to stop for 10 days. This in a situation where unusually large parts of the Norwegian cod and haddock quotas remain,” says Vaskinn.
In violation of the Convention on the Law of the Sea
Fiskebåt believes that the exercise completely disregards the fishing interests in a way that may be in conflict with provisions of the Convention on the Law of the Sea. Fiskebåt has therefore requested that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs take up the matter with the French authorities as soon as possible in order to find a solution which means that the notified danger area is canceled or significantly reduced in time.