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The DFA welcomes the EU/UK/Norway bilateral and tripartite fisheries agreements for 2024 saying healthy fish stocks lead to higher fishing quotas

The Danish Fishermen’s Association has welcomed the news from Friday 08 December on the EU/UK/Norway bilateral and tripartite Fisheries Agreements for 2024.

The Danish Fishermen’s Association (DFA) believe that the agreements will not alone help the fishing fleet which is suffering economically due to Brexit, the fallout from the Russian invasion of Ukraine and rising fuel costs, but helps guarantee a strong future for the sector.

The DFA say that critical fish stocks in the North Sea and Skagerrak are thriving, contrary to the situation in inshore waters, with populations on the rise. In response, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) biologists recommended an increase in fishing quotas for several species. 

Building on this, agreements have been reached between the EU, the UK, and Norway to significantly raise fishing quotas. Additionally, Danish fishermen will gain access to Norwegian waters starting January 01 2024, bringing relief to the fishing industry, who spent the beginning of last year locked out of traditional fishing grounds which lie in the Norwegian EEZ.

“This is excellent news for the fishing sector. Fish stocks in the North Sea and Skagerrak are developing positively, a sentiment echoed by both our experience in the industry and the biologists. I’m pleased that the decision has been made to increase quotas for vital stocks,” said Svend-Erik Andersen, Chairman of the Danish Fishermen’s Association.

 

Progress for All Species

The agreed-upon quotas cover six species jointly managed by the EU, Norway, and the UK. The cod quota sees a 15% increase from this year. Plaice quota is raised by 74%, ling quota by 112%, herring quota by 28%, saithe quota by 25%, and finally, sole quota sees a 3% increase.

In monetary terms, a 15% increase in the cod quota in the North Sea and Skagerrak is valued at approximately DKK 27 million (€3.6m/£3.1m) at current prices. For plaice, it represents an increase in fishing opportunities of around DKK 60 million (€8.5m/£6.9m).

“This is a significant boost to the fishery, allowing us to provide more environmentally friendly and healthy food to a market with increasing demand. It is genuinely positive, especially for our coastal communities where fishing plays a unique role,” added Svend-Erik Andersen.

However, the Danish Fishermen’s Association expresses skepticism about one aspect of the quota increases, particularly for sole, where fishermen are not as optimistic as ICES biologists.

“We believe the sole quota is set too high. We cannot recognize that there should be as many soles as ICES biologists suggest. Therefore, we have called for caution, but unfortunately, that hasn’t been heeded,” said Svend-Erik Andersen.

 

Access to Norwegian Waters

The Danish Fishermen’s Association is also pleased that Danish fishermen will have access to Norwegian waters from January 01, a significant improvement from the current year when access was granted only in March, causing substantial issues for the industry.

“It’s great that we get access to Norwegian waters from the get-go. It makes it easier to plan fishing activities, and it’s a significant benefit for fish stocks that we can catch our quota over a larger area. Therefore, it’s good news, even though Norway charges a high price for EU fishermen to access Norwegian waters,” concluded Svend-Erik Andersen.

 

Source: Press Release

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