The failure to reach an agreement on mutual zone access on mackerel fishing between Norway and the Faroe Islands will have a detrimental impact on the Faroese fleet The Norwegian Pelagic Fisheries Association (Pelagisk Forening) has been told by the Faroe Island government that there is no special treatment coastal states herring 2024

Coastal States have agreed the total quota for blue whiting and NVG herring in 2024 should be determined in accordance with the advice ICES

According to reports all parties to the Coastal States negotiations have agreed that the total quota should be determined in accordance with the scientific recommendations from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

In the coastal state negotiations on Norwegian spring-spawning herring (NVG herring) and blue whiting, a total quota of 1,529,754 tonnes has been agreed upon for blue whiting, which represents a 13 percent increase from 2023. For Norwegian spring-spawning herring, the total quota was set at 390,010 tonnes, which is a decrease of 24 percent.

All parties agree that the total quota should be determined in accordance with the scientific recommendations from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). It has also been agreed that the coastal states will continue working on analyses of zone ownership for both blue whiting and herring, which is essential knowledge for the future.

Norway, the EU, the UK, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland are coastal states involved in the blue whiting fishery talks, while the coastal states involved in the herring fishery talks are Norway, Russia, the UK, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland.

This session of the Coastal States negotiations is taking place in London, UK.

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