The Norwegian Pelagic Association asks Government again to allow fishing vessels over 28m to fish for mackerel inside the fjord lines. Photo: Norwegian Pelagic Association
The Norwegian Pelagic Association is putting pressure on their government to act fast and allow their larger fishing vessels to fish for mackerel inside the fjord lines in Møre og Romsdal.
In their letter to the Department for Fisheries, they ask for the government to consider a relief that would allow their larger vessels fish inside the fjord lines because they say the pelagic fleet has been adversely affected by the failure of the access agreement between Norway itself and the UK, where they would normally go to fish mackerel.
The Association writes:
We refer to our letter of 5.5.21, in which we asked for a dispensation for the ban on fishing for mackerel with nets within the fjord lines. This is because the lack of an agreement with the UK makes it particularly challenging for Norwegian fishermen to fish their mackerel quotas this year.
In its interim answer of 7.5. write the directorate ma that it “is nice if they get in touch when they think it is possible to make an assessment based on the points we have mentioned”.
The Pelagic Association has members who report larger quantities of mackerel in the fjords in Møre og Romsdal. At the same time, there is poor fishing outside the fjord lines.
The Pelagic Association therefore requests that the directorate make an immediate assessment of whether there is a basis for granting a dispensation from the ban, for boats over 28 meters, against fishing for mackerel with nets within the fjord lines in Møre og Romsdal.
We refer to the Exercise Regulations § 33 f, 7th paragraph which states that: “The Directorate of Fisheries may through regulations make exceptions from the prohibition in the first paragraph in certain fisheries for certain vessel groups in certain areas for a certain period, in special cases when it is deemed necessary for practical implementation of the fishery and it is considered prudent based on biological and ecosystem-based considerations. In this context, the Institute of Marine Research’s assessments shall be given great weight”.
The Pelagic Association believes that the lack of zone access in the UK, and poor fishing outside the fjord lines, make it clear that the condition ” necessary for practical implementation of the fishing ” is met.
Mackerel fishing with nets does not take place in shallow water, but in open waters. Thus, significant interference with cod or other by-catch is unlikely. The Pelagic Association therefore believes that the condition ” properly assessed on the basis of biological and ecosystem-based considerations ” has been met, but requests that the Directorate of Fisheries clarify this with the Institute of Marine Research.
Dispensation is probably justifiable in terms of biological and ecosystems, but this must of course be clarified with the Institute of Marine Research.
The Pelagic Association requests that the directorate take the necessary measures to grant the fleet a dispensation and is grateful for a prompt response.