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Norway has announced an exchange 23,665 tonnes of blue whiting with Russia in 2023 and will fish 50,000 tonnes in Faroese waters

The Norwegian Minister for Fisheries and Oceans has announced that Norway will exchange 23,665 tonnes of blue whiting with Russia in 2023 and Norwegian pelagic boats will be allowed to fish 50,000 tonnes of blue whiting in Faroese waters.

The Ministry of Industry and Fisheries have issued a statement on the Regulation of fishing for blue whiting in 2023. In the coastal state negotiations earlier this autumn, it was agreed to set a total quota (TAC) of 1,359,629 tonnes of blue whiting in 2023, in line with the advice of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

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The total quota includes an allocation to the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) for other countries’ fishing in international waters of 108,226 tonnes.

“Norway has reviewed the Norwegian traditional part of the total quota for blue whiting since 2016, and we will review it in 2023 as well,” says Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bjørnar Skjæran.

The Norwegian traditional part is 26.245 per cent of the total quota, which corresponds to 328,431 tonnes of blue whiting in 2023. Of the total Norwegian quota, it has been decided to set aside 30 tonnes for research and teaching purposes.

In the fisheries negotiations in the Joint Norwegian-Russian Fisheries Commission, Norway has exchanged 23,665 tonnes of blue whiting to Russia in 2023. According to the fisheries agreement that Norway has entered into with the Faroe Islands 2023, Norwegian vessels can fish 50,000 tonnes of blue whiting in Faroese waters in 2023.

“The regulation of blue whiting has worked well in recent years, and the Norwegian blue whiting quota is distributed in the same way as last year, with 78 percent to the blue whiting trawl group and 22 percent to the pelagic trawl/North Sea trawl group. We are satisfied that we can have a stable and predictable regulation of fishing for blue whiting,” says Skjæran.

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Norway exchanges 23,665 tonnes of blue whiting with Russia

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