Delegation leaders Kristoffer Krohg Bjørklund from Norway, and Katrine Kærgaard from Greenland after signing the fisheries agreement for 2022

Delegation leaders Kristoffer Krohg Bjørklund from Norway, and Katrine Kærgaard from Greenland after signing the fisheries agreement for 2022

Norway and Greenland are set to continue their cooperation on fisheries as both sides signed off on a new agreement yesterday, Tuesday 30 November.

In a press release, the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry announced that Greenland and Norway have concluded negotiations on a quota agreement for 2022.

Greenland’s quota in the Barents Sea in 2022 is set at 4,000 tonnes of cod, 750 tonnes of haddock, 650 tonnes of saithe and 425 tonnes of by-catch of other species. The Norwegian cod quota is 1,350 tonnes and the halibut quota 30 tonnes.

The blue halibut quota in West Greenland will be continued at 900 tonnes, while the blue halibut quota in East Greenland will increase to 375 tonnes. Due to an uncertain population situation, the non-quota will be reduced to 500 tonnes, the ministry states in the report.

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The quota for roundnose grenadier in East Greenland will be increased by 50 tonnes and the by-catch quota of other species will be increased by 175 tonnes. The quota for demersal redfish in East Greenland will be reduced to 500 tonnes.

Norway and Greenland also agree to continue research cooperation, especially for the blue halibut, cod, redfish and mackerel stocks.

State Secretary Vidar Ulriksen (Labour) said, “Norwegian fishermen make good use of the quotas off Greenland, and I am pleased that Norway and Greenland have agreed on a quota agreement for 2022.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the first time the parties have met physically for bilateral negotiations since the autumn of 2019.

Source: Press Release

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