Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Seafood Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen met his UK colleague Victoria Prentis for policy talks during Aquanor
Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Seafood Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen invited his British colleague Victoria Prentis to fisheries policy talks during Aquanor on Monday 23 August.
On the agenda were bilateral agreements between Norway and the United Kingdom for 2022 and trade in seafood.
“Norway and the United Kingdom are close neighbours and share many views on sustainable management of our common fish stocks. We will build on the long-term cooperation on management and access to each other’s fishing zones as from when the UK was a member of the EU. I understood that Minister Prentis has a sincere wish that we will find solutions for 2022, after this transition year where the United Kingdom has had to establish itself in a completely new situation,” says Ingebrigtsen in a press release.
At the meeting, the ministers also discussed the forthcoming requirements from the United Kingdom for a health certificate when exporting seafood from Norway to the United Kingdom. In addition to the need for good digital solutions, this entails some new challenges for established logistics in the seafood trade. If the parties enter into a constructive dialogue at a technical level, the Minister of Fisheries and Seafood believes that this can also be resolved.
“Fishing is an international activity, and seafood trade is dependent on good arrangements between exporter and importer countries. The United Kingdom gives the impression of being a constructive partner in cooperation in the North-East Atlantic. It bodes well for the future,” concluded Ingebrigtsen.
On the meeting,Victorua Pretis said, “Delighted to be in Norway to meet Minister Ingebrigtsen. I spoke at AquaNor and highlighted our history of cooperation in trade, science and energy. We will continue to work together to manage fisheries issues.”