Ireland denies the accusation made by the Danish Minister of Fisheries regarding a midnight ambush on the Danish mackerel quota
The accusation of a midnight ambush on the Danish mackerel quota by the Irish delegation at the AGRIFISH Council on Monday night has been denied.
The claim was made by the Danish Minister of Fisheries Rasmus Prehn who said, “Late at night we were subjected to an ambush from Ireland that would suddenly have a share in our mackerel in the North Sea. A mysterious and untimely attack, which I, together with my skilled employees, in the best way averted”.
An official from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) responded to the Danish Minister’s comment by saying:
“On the 23rd of September the European Commission presented a proposal on an EU Mackerel Fishery (historically utilised by Denmark only) that had, in previous years, taken place in Norwegian waters.
Ireland, along with a number of other Member States raised queries as to how this proposal could proceed in the absence of an access agreement between the EU and Norway.
Since then, there have been three meetings at technical level between interested Member states and the EU Commission. These discussions we continued at the Agriculture and Fisheries Ministerial Council held in Luxembourg on October 12/13.
The Council of Ministers concluded that there was a necessity to “assess all elements relevant for the methodology applied for allocation and distribution of the Union’s opportunities for fishing opportunities for mackerel in these waters in light of historical background in light of this particular TAC.” On the basis of the assessment, the Council may adjust the relevant quotas in 2022.
Ireland welcomed this statement and will work closely with the EU Commission and the relevant Member States to examine these issues further for 2022. Ireland did not support retaining the Commission proposal for 2021.”
Statement by the Council and the Commission on mackerel:
The Council and the Commission recognise that the TACs and quota for mackerel in waters of 4a and Norwegian waters of 2a (MAC/2A4A-N) are set for 2021.
The Council and the Commission underline the need to assess all elements relevant for the methodology applied for allocation and distribution of the Union’s fishing opportunities for mackerel in these waters in the light of the historical background of that particular TAC. The Commission and the Council call on the Member States concerned to share all available and relevant information in this regard.
If, on the basis of the assessment, the Council concludes that the applicable methodology for the allocation and distribution of the TAC in question differs from the one applied for 2021, it will adjust the relevant quota accordingly.