The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has entered into new agreements with the EU on data exchange and position reporting.
Norway and the EU have agreed to change the technical framework for data exchange and have entered into an agreement to use a standard called FLUX (The Fisheries Language for Universal Exchange) for all data exchange between the parties. The standard has been developed and established through the UN organization UN / CEFACT. The same standard will also be used for data exchange to the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC).
The first data stream to be transferred to the new standard is position data from fishing vessels, which are exchanged between Norway and the EU when our vessels fish in each other’s waters. Therefore, we have also entered into a new agreement on position reporting (VMS). The agreement entails an extension of which vessels are required to report position, in that all vessels over 12 meters that fish in each other’s waters must have position reporting equipment.
The agreement also means that all exchanges will go via the EU Commission, while the current position data will go directly between Norway and the individual EU member state.
In the future, it is planned that FLUX will in the long run also be used for the exchange of eg, electronic catch and activity data (ERS) and when licensing fishing vessels.
The agreement on FLUX enters into force by 1 November 2022, while the agreement on VMS enters into force by 1 January 2023.
You can read the new agreements on FLUX and VMS on our pages for international agreements on electronic reporting .