No one can blame Norway for setting its own mackerel quota claims Fiskebat CEO, Audun Malak
Fiskebåt has welcomed the news that the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry has set a national mackerel quota in 2021 of 298,299 tonnes.
The fishermen’s organisation praised the Minister for Fisheries for standing up for fishermen in connection with the determination of the mackerel quota.
The CEO of Fiskebat, Audun Maråk. said, “The mackerel quota of 35 percent corresponds well with the mackerel’s affiliation in the zone, and the record that Fiskebåt and Fiskarlaget have given to the Minister of Fisheries.”
Norway has set its own mackerel quota due to the lack of a coastal state agreement for mackerel.
“The Minister of Fisheries’ decision is in line with the recommendation from Fiskebåt / Fiskarlaget and the mackerel’s affiliation in Norwegian waters. No one can therefore blame Norway for fixing a share of 35 percent,” Maråk told the Fiskebåt website.
Maråk emphasizes that it is good that Norway responds to what he characterises as unacceptable behavior from the United Kingdom.
“We experience that the UK is trying to send the Brexit bill to Norway and Norwegian fishermen, something we obviously can not accept. Therefore, it is both good and important that the Minister of Fisheries is clear on this issue,” said Maråk.
“A catch of 35 percent or a national mackerel quota in 2021 of 298,299 tonnes corresponds well with the mackerel’s affiliation in the zone. No one can therefore blame Norway for maintaining this withdrawal,” according to Maråk.
“It is important to have a clarification now so that both the fleet and industry can plan the fishing and production,” he concluded.
The Norwegian Pelagic Association also welcomed the news of the new quota saying, ““With such an increase in the quota, it is all the more important that the Norwegian zone affiliation – and thus the ownership – of the mackerel is confirmed through fishing in Norwegian waters.”
Fishing will probably start earlier in 2021 than usual in recent years.