The Irish-regishtered trawler VIGILANT SO 109 was turned back from Norwegian waters after being told the EU herring quota was exhausted

The Irish-regishtered trawler VIGILANT SO 109 was turned back from Norwegian waters after being told the EU herring quota was exhausted

The Killybegs based VIGILANT SO 109 had to turn around and head back home after Norwegian authorities told the skipper of the vessel that there was no herring quota left, according to a news report in Fiskeribladet.

The news was confirmed on Wednesday, 01 December, that the EU fleet’s herring quota in the Norwegian Economic Zone had been fished up. Thus, there was a trip home and zero fish in the tank after the long journey from Ireland for the 53 metre long pelagic trawler..

The VIGILANT was west of Lofoten Island on Tuesday 30 November, when the skipper of the boat received the news from the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries via the EU system on Tuesday evening: The herring quota allocated to the EU has been calculated as being fished-up.

The Irish skipper immediately stopped all progress and asked his fishing company for an additional check of the information received. After barely 24 hour however, all doubts had been cleared and it was confirmed that the EU fleet had already fished 33,191 tonnes of herring in the Norwegian Economic Zone. The allocated quota was 29,667 tonnes, and the Directorate of Fisheries diplomatically reported to the European Commission that there is thus “0 tonnes remaining”.

This called an immediate stop to fishing and “closure of the herring fishery”, formally announced in J-Melding 217 with effect from 1 December:

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J-217-2021: Regulations on stopping fishing for Norwegian spring-spawning herring for vessels flying the flag of Member States of the European Union (EU) in Norway’s economic zone north of 62 ° N in 2021

Valid from: 01.12.2021

Valid until: 31.12.2021

Regulations on stopping fishing for Norwegian spring-spawning herring for vessels flying the flag of Member States of the European Union (EU) in Norway’s economic zone north of 62 ° N in 2021

Established by the Directorate of Fisheries on 1 December 2021 on the basis of Act no. 91 of 17 December 1976 on Norway’s economic zone, Act no. 37 of 6 June 2008 on the management of wild marine resources (Marine Resources Act) § 11, § 16 and § 59, regulations on the regulation of fishing with vessels flying the flag of Member States of the European Union (EU) in Norway’s economic zone and in the fishing zone at Jan Mayen in 2021 § 4.

  • 1 Stop fishing

Fishing for Norwegian spring-spawning herring for vessels flying the flag of EU Member States will be stopped with effect from 1.12.2021.

  • 2 Punishment

Anyone who intentionally or negligently violates provisions in or given pursuant to the regulations is punished in accordance with   the  Economic Zone Act §§ 8 and 9 and the Marine Resources Act §§ 60, 61, 64 and § 65. Attempts and participation are punished in the same way.

  • 3 Entry into force

The regulation enters into force immediately and applies until 31 December 2021.

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The Fiskeribladet report says, “Thus, just start the heavy return trip for the SO 109 VIGILANT on Wednesday afternoon. By then, both NOR VTS, or the Naval Traffic Control Centre in Vardø, and the Coast Guard, had been informed of the background for the Irish trawler’s slightly strange maneuvering off Lofoten. On Thursday, the Irish maintained a 10 knot speed on a steady course south west of the Norwegian coast.”

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