The NFA will support the Norwegian Government’s proposal to phase out the instructions on the sale of purse-seine vessels
The National Board of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association decided to support the fisheries ministry’s proposal to phase out the instructions on the sale of purse-seine vessels from northern Norway to southern Norway.
On Friday 16 April, the National Board of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association considered “Consultation – amendment / repeal of instructions of 1992/2002 on the sale of purse-seine vessels from northern Norway to southern Norway” and made such a decision:
«The Norwegian Fishermen’s Association refers to a consultation letter of 26 March 2021 from the Ministry of Trade and Industry on the repeal of instructions of 1992/2002 on the sale of purse-seine vessels from northern Norway to southern Norway. The case has been the subject of organisational consultation in the Fiskarlaget.
The Norwegian Fishermen’s Association points out that the objective and intention of the instructions was to maintain a purse-seine fleet and a purse seine environment in northern Norway and to seek to transfer existing purse seine capacity to northern Norway.
The fishing association registers that the ministry states that the instructions are still in force, and administrative practice has been in line with these since the adoption. The fisheries authorities have also implemented several measures to maintain a purse seine fleet and a purse-seine environment in northern Norway.
The instructions are one measure, another was blah. regulations of 6 May 1991 on investment grants for the purchase of used purse seine vessels to northern Norway. The shortening rules of the Structural Quota Regulations with different shortening rates are another example. However, the various reduction rules were recently repealed and replaced by an equal reduction rate of 10% in the structural quota schemes for all vessel groups as a result of the Storting’s decision during the consideration of Meld. S. 32 (2018-2019) “Kvotemeldingen”.
The review in the Ministry’s note shows that the distribution of the 74 purse-seine licenses between southern Norway and northern Norway is roughly the same per. January 1, 1996 and per. 16 February 2021. To the extent that there has been a shift, this has been from Northern Norway to Southern Norway and the reason for this has been the owner’s choice to move the company and vessels from north to south.
The instructions are based on the Participant Act’s purpose section and provision on the fishing fleet’s district distribution and set against the intention at the time of adoption, the instructions have fulfilled the objective. However, the fishing team has taken note of the ministry’s assessments where they question whether the instructions are the right tool for preserving and maintaining a viable purse-seine environment in northern Norway today. In the memorandum, the Ministry points out that the instructions make a difference between and for shipping companies operated from southern Norway and northern Norway, and it is further stated that the authorities’ intervention with northern Norwegian purse seine shipping companies is unreasonable, even if the purpose is to safeguard district considerations by ensuring a stable purse seine industry in northern Norway.
The Norwegian Fishermen’s Association agrees with and relates to the political objectives and intentions set out in the Participant Act on the fishing fleet’s district distribution but can nevertheless not see that the current instructions for the purse seine fleet meet this consideration. These are perhaps rather a hindrance to strengthening the purse seine fleet in northern Norway. Based on the above, the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association therefore supports the Ministry’s proposal to phase out the instructions on the sale of purse seine vessels from northern Norway to southern Norway. Reference is also made to statements from business actors in northern Norway where it appears that if it is to be possible to maintain a viable purse seine environment in northern Norway, it is crucial that northern Norwegian shipping companies are given the opportunity to lay out strategies and adapt operations in the same way as one can in the rest of the country.”