Norway and Russia have reached and agreeement on Barents Sea fish stock for 2022 including Arctic cod, haddock, shrimp and capelin. Photo: NFD

Norway and Russia have reached and agreement on Barents Sea fish stock for 2022 including Arctic cod, haddock, shrimp and capelin. Photo: NFD

Norway and Russia have reached and agreeement on Barents Sea fish stock for 2022, the most important and largest bilateral fisheries agreement for Norway.

“The agreement we have entered into with Russia today gives both the Norwegian and the Russian fishing industry good conditions for sustainable and profitable fishing in 2022,” says Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Bjørnar Skjæran (Labour).

“Norway and Russia agree that we must have an ocean management in the High North that is both long-term and sustainable so that we take care of the world’s largest cod stock and the other species in the Barents Sea. The most important stocks in the High North are in a certain decline, but thanks to good cooperation over many years, Norway and Russia have reached an agreement that is biologically sustainable,” says Minister of Fisheries and Marine Affairs Skjæran.

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About the agreement for 2022

The cod stock is still at a high historical level and the total quota for Northeast Arctic cod for 2022 was set at 708,480 tonnes, in line with the management rule.

The total cod quota is distributed between Norway, Russia and third countries according to the same pattern as in previous years. Norway’s quota for 2022 will be 321,605 tonnes.

An additional transfer access of an unused quota of cod has been agreed from 2021 to 2022, so that the transfer access as a one-off case has been increased from 10 per cent to 15 percent. The reason for this is the challenges the coronavirus pandemic has created for the fishing industry. The Directorate of Fisheries will present a proposal for how this should be handled in the national regulations at the regulatory meeting on 9 and 10 November. The Ministry of Trade and Industry will make the final decision on this.

Opens for capelin fishing

The total quota for haddock is set at 178,532 tonnes for 2022, in line with the management rule. Norway’s quota for 2022 will be 88,130 tonnes.

It was decided to open for capelin fishing in 2022 within a total quota of 70,000 tonnes, in line with the management rule. The Norwegian share amounts to 41,950 tonnes. This is the first time since 2018 that capelin fishing has been opened.

The total quota for blue halibut in 2022 is set at 25,000 tonnes. Norway’s quota will be 12,975 tonnes.

A total quota has been set for proboscis caps of 67,210 tonnes for 2022. This is an increase of 1,052 tonnes from 2021. Norway’s quota will be 46,391 tonnes.

The fisheries agreement also contains technical regulations for the practice of fishing, control measures and research collaboration. There is a long-term and comprehensive research collaboration between Norway and Russia on living marine resources and the ecosystem in the Barents Sea, and the parties agreed on a joint Norwegian-Russian research program for 2022.

Shrimp

The parties also agree to start work on a management plan for shrimp.

European Union

The parties have also discussed the criticism that the EU has put forward against the Norwegian-Russian joint management of cod. It is therefore emphasized in the minutes that the Norwegian-Russian administration has given very good results. This serves the interests not only of the Norwegian and Russian fishing industry but is also in favor of other states’ fishing vessels through agreements with Norway and Russia. This also applies to fishing vessels from a number of EU Member States.

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