Norway can now export bluefin tuna that is fished beyond the vessel’s quota, which they say adds greater flexibility in exporting the fish

Norway can now export bluefin tuna that is fished beyond the vessel’s quota, which they say adds greater flexibility in exporting the fish

In fisheries negotiations this week, Norway gained support for greater flexibility in the regulations that regulate the export of bluefin tuna. 

According to the Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries, this means that Norway can now export tuna that is fished beyond the vessel’s quota, which they say adds greater flexibility in exporting the fish.

The Agreement was reached at the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICAAT).

Under current Norwegian regulations any bluefin tuna landed over quota is confiscated and under ICCAT regulations it was illegal to export such fish, until now.

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“I am very pleased that we got approval for this proposal.,” says the Norwegian State Secretary, Vidar Ulriksen. “In anticipation of the national market being built up, we can sell the tuna abroad and, in that way, prevent this fantastic and wonderful food from being destroyed because it is not sold.”

The total quota for bluefin tuna has been continued at 36,000 tonnes also in 2022, and the Norwegian share is 300 tonnes. Up to 15 tonnes of the 2021 quota can be transferred to 2022, which will give a Norwegian quota of 315 tonnes in 2022.

Live storage of bluefin tuna

In the negotiations, Norway presented a document on live storage of bluefin tuna in Norway. There are currently no regulations in ICCAT that take such a concept into account. Norway asked the other member states for input on how to develop a regulatory framework in ICCAT that takes the concept into account. Norway was encouraged to submit a proposal for regulations to the annual meeting of ICCAT in 2022.

“We in Norway have extensive experience with live storage of cod. Now we will use these experiences to work with the possibilities of establishing a regulatory framework for live storage of mackerel sturgeon, and we will do what we can to establish framework conditions that can enable the greatest possible value creation of bluefin tuna as well,” says Vidar Ulriksen.

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Norway can export bluefin tuna that is fished beyond the vessel quota

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