The Norwegian Government has ratified the framework agreement on fisheries cooperation between Norway and the United Kingdom.
On Friday 13 November, the Norwegian government presented Prop. 37S, which is the conclusion of a bilateral framework agreement on fisheries cooperation between Norway and the United Kingdom.
Prop. S applies to consent to the conclusion of a framework agreement on fisheries between Norway and the United Kingdom of 30 September 2020. The agreement regulates parts of the cooperation between Norway and the United Kingdom after the United Kingdom is no longer covered by the fisheries agreement between Norway and the EU. It facilitates that the parties can agree on mutual access to each other’s fishing zones and exchange of fishing quotas. The agreement also regulates issues such as licensing and collaboration on control and research.
The recommendation was approved by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide.
On the acceptance of the fisheries framework agreement, Minister of Fisheries and Seafood Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen said “I am pleased that we have reached an agreement that opens up for a broad fisheries cooperation with an important partner country for Norway. This will facilitate a continued solid and good relationship, which will be important in the future when cooperation is to be further developed and quota agreements are to be negotiated in both bilateral and trilateral contexts.”
“The agreement fulfills the obligations we have under the law of the sea to cooperate with other coastal states on shared fish stocks. Such cooperation must be in line with modern principles of fisheries management. We will also continue our good cooperation with the EU on fishing in the North Sea. We look forward to establishing an agreement between Norway, the United Kingdom and the EU on how joint stocks in the North Sea will be managed when Brexit becomes a reality,” says Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide.
Specific agreements on access to fishing in each other’s zones and exchange of fishing quotas will be made through annual fishing agreements, as today. Other parts of the fisheries cooperation in the North Sea will be regulated by a separate tripartite agreement between the EU, Norway and the United Kingdom.
The agreement will enter into force as soon as both parties have completed national procedures for conclusion, but no earlier than 1 January 2021.