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

The Faroese government has informed Pelagisk Forening that there is no special regulations for boats fishing in the Special Area

The Norwegian Pelagic Fisheries Association (Pelagisk Forening) has been told by the Faroe Island government that there is no special treatment for boats fishing blue whiting in the Special Area which lies between the UK and the Islands.

Pelagisk Forening had written to the Faroese government on the issue of using a sorting grid when fishing for blue whiting.

They told their members that they had been in contact with Faroese fisheries authorities and has been informed that Norwegian boats must use sorting grids when fishing for blue whiting in the Faroese zone.

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“The rule is the same throughout the Faroe Islands,” said Pelagisk Forening

“There are no special rules for the so-called “special area” between the Faroe Islands and the UK.”

In a reply letter Pelagisk Forening were informed by the Faroese government:

“Reference is made to your question regarding the use of sorting grid when fishing for blue whiting in Faroese waters.

“Yes, Norwegian vessels must use a sorting grid when fishing for blue whiting in Faroese waters in conformity with the regulation in place.”

The reply letter attached an executive order that regulates the fisheries by Norwegian vessels in Faroese waters in 2023. The Regulation is in the Faroese language and was signed on 20 December 2022 by Pelagisk Forening.

The letter continued, “For your convenience I refer to chapter 3 in the regulation (regarding blue whiting fisheries) and in particular para 9 regarding the sorting grind …”

“… I can inform that similar regulation regarding blue whiting fisheries applies to all fisheries for blue whiting in Fariese waters regardless of the flag of the vessel.”

The letter concludes: “There is no special regulation for the so-called Special Area between Faroe Islands and UK. The attached regulation covers fisheries in Faroese waters, and this includes the Special Area, when fishing on a Faroese licence.”

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No “Special regulations” for fishing in Special Area informs Faroese government

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