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Norwegian Fishermen’s Association has objected to increased oil activity on the Eggakanten and Møre banks & in the Barents Sea

The Norwegian Fishermen’s Association believes that increased oil activity on the Eggakanten and Møre banks and in the Barents Sea should not be permitted. 

The fishermen’s association responded to the consultation with the MPE and believes that increased oil activity should not be permitted on Eggkanten, Mørebankene and in the Barents Sea.

“That is the essence of our consultation response on the 25th licensing round,” says the Association.

In June, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) sent out the consultation in which it is proposed to announce nine areas that include a total area of ​​136 blocks, of which 11 in the Norwegian Sea and 125 in the Barents Sea, see attached map at the top of the case.

In its response, the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association pointed out the requirement for transparency about the petroleum professional assessments that form the basis for the licensing rounds on the Norwegian shelf, both the APA and the licensing rounds. “We are of the opinion that these rounds are not very democratic, and that there is little opportunity to influence these processes or get an impression of what assessments are actually behind a decision to incorporate new blocks in the licensing rounds on the shelf.”

The Fishermen’s Association also emphasizes that they expect the MPE to place great emphasis on consideration of fishing interests and biological diversity in the event of an expansion in the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea. This applies both to seismic surveys, to test drilling and laying of pipes and cables, etc.

The  Norwegian Fishermen’s Association said “In our response, we emphasize that the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association expects the MPE to place great emphasis on consideration of fishing interests and biological diversity in the event of an expansion in the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea. This applies both to seismic surveys, to test drilling and laying of pipes and cables, etc.”

In summary, Fiskarlaget has the following feedback on the blocks that have been announced:

The Norwegian Fishermen’s Association is in principle strongly opposed to the incorporation of the proposed blocks in the SVO areas Eggakanten and Mørebankene in the Norwegian Sea in the 25th licensing round, but we can doubtless accept the incorporation of blocks 6203 / 1,2,3 and 4 in the 25th. the licensing round.

The Norwegian Fishermen’s Association strongly opposes the inclusion of blocks 7017,7117,7118,7329 and 7330 in the Barents Sea in the 25th licensing round.

Source: Fiskerlarlaget

Brian J McMullin Solicitors
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Norwegian Fishermen’s Association objects to increased oil activity

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