The Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg welcomed the Brexit agreement which was reached last week between the UK and the EU saying “this is good news for the UK, the EU and Norway.
Unfortunately, the agreement comes too late for the start of the new year. The UK, EU and Norway have yet to enter trilateral talks on fishing opportunities in the North Sea for 2021. This will mean, as of 01 January 2021, Norwegian vessels will not be able to fish in the British zone or EU zone, in the same way as vessels from the UK or the EU cannot fish in Norway’s economic zone.
The EU had suggested, as a contingency plan, of rolling-over 25% of TACs from the 2020 trilateral agreement into the first quarter of 2021, but this idea had not been accepted by the other two parties.
Fishing fleets will now experience a void in their fishing until an agreement, whether provisional or settled is brought into place by the three parties.