Mackerel negotiations are set to resume in May after a stalemate at last week’s northeastern Atlantic coastal states meeting in London
Earlier this week, the northeastern Atlantic coastal states consisting of the EU, the UK, Norway, the Faroe Islands Iceland and Greenland gathered in London to negotiate terms of the 2023 mackerel fishery.
The negotiations ended with the attending coastal states failing to agree this year’s distribution of mackerel quotas and zone access. Instead, they agreed to reconvene the negotiation at a meeting set for the 10 and 11 of May next.
At the meeting, the Norwegian’s presented a research report on the mackerel stock’s affiliation in the various economic zones and international waters. From the Norwegian side, it was pointed out in particular that zone affiliation was the most important distribution criterion, in addition to the fact that the population has become more widespread and spawning and development areas in the Norwegian economic zone.
“It will probably be zone access, regulations, and distribution as last year. Something else will be surprising, but we can hope for more progress for 2023,” says Audun Maråk, CEO. of Fiskebåt.
The Norwegian delegation consisted of Audun Maråk together with board member of Fiskebåt Jonny Berfjord and board member of Fiskarlaget Kåre Heggebø. For Norges Sildesalgslag, senior advisor Roald Oen participated.