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EU Norway Fisheries Arrangements

EU Norway Fisheries Arrangements Agreed for 2019 – The EU and Norway have signed three fisheries arrangements for 2019 in the framework of the largest fishing agreement in the north of Europe.

Two bilateral arrangements and a neighbouring arrangement were signed, following two rounds of negotiations in Bergen (November) and in London (early December). The bilateral arrangements cover the North Sea and the Atlantic, and Skagerrak and Kattegat, whilst the neighbouring arrangement covers the Swedish fishery in Norwegian waters of the North Sea.

The EU and Norway have agreed on quotas for the jointly-managed fish stocks in the North Sea (cod, haddock, plaice, whiting, herring, and saithe) and Skagerrak (cod, haddock, whiting, plaice, shrimp, herring and sprat), as well as exchange of reciprocal fishing possibilities. In the North Sea, for two of the shared stocks, namely saithe and plaice, the jointly agreed total allowable catch (TAC) increased compared to last year. For four other shared stocks (i.e. haddock, whiting, cod, herring), a reduction was necessary to protect the stocks.

The EU and Norway also reached an agreement on quota exchanges. In particular, the EU received over 21,500 tonnes of Arctic cod.
These agreed arrangements will ensure continuation of fishing operations for both Parties in each other’s waters from 1 January 2019.