The EU has signed a bilateral agreement which will allow Norway unlimited access to blue whiting fisheries in Irish waters in 2021
The EU and Norway have agreed a deal which will allow Norwegian pelagic boats unlimited fishing access for blue whiting in Irish waters.
The deal was signed as part of the EU – Norway bilateral deal on Tuesday which saw Norway exchange a blue whiting quota of 37,500 tonnes from the EU, and in turn it has gained access to fish the Norwegian blue whiting quota in Irish waters, without any area restrictions.
The EU and Norway have agreed to a joint TAC for blue whiting of 141,648 tonnes for 2021.
The bilateral fisheries deal saw Norway and the EU sign three quota agreements.
The news of the deal has been widely welcomed by the Norwegians.
“I am pleased that the agreement with the EU and the UK is finally in place. This is the first quota agreement between three parties in the North Sea, and a prerequisite for sustainable management,” says Minister of Fisheries and Seafood Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen in a press release.
On Tuesday, Norway also signed the trilateral fisheries deal with the EU and the United Kingdom. Norway, the EU and the UK have, since the turn of the year, been in negotiations on fisheries agreements for 2021.
In addition to the tripartite fisheries deal, Norway and the EU have now entered into two-party agreements on the North Sea and Skagerrak, as well as the neighbourhood agreement with Sweden. Thus, Norway and the EU agree on access to fishing in each other’s zones and quota exchange.
“It is good news that we have agreed with the EU on a fisheries agreement for 2021. Both parties have been flexible and solution-oriented, and I believe we have a balanced agreement that supports our good relationship,” says Ingebrigtsen.
With quota exchange in place, Norwegian fishermen can start fishing on the quotas Norway has exchanged for itself off Greenland and in the EU zone.
“These agreements are important for maximizing value creation for the Norwegian fishing industry. We have had an ongoing dialogue with the industry, which supports the outcome of the negotiations. Now it remains to put in place a two-party agreement with the United Kingdom, where the negotiations continue in full force,” says the Minister of Fisheries and Seafood.
Facts about the quotas
– The saithe quota has been reduced by 25 per cent to 59,512 tonnes, of which the Norwegian quota is 30,946 tonnes.
-The quota for North Sea herring was 356,357 tonnes and here the Norwegian quota is 103,344 tonnes.
– The cod quota was sharply reduced last year, and further reduced to 13,246 tonnes this year, where the Norwegian quota is 2,252 tonnes before sales.
– Norway has exchanged a blue whiting quota of 37,500 tonnes from the EU, and gained access to fish the Norwegian blue whiting quota in Irish waters, without any area restrictions.
– In addition to the closed spawning grounds that were continued by the parties for 2021, Norway will also close fields in the Norwegian zone to protect small cod later this year, as part of the rebuilding of the stock.