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UK: Pelagic fishermen urge Coastal States to focus on more equitable quota shares

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Published Jan 19, 2024

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Scottish pelagic fishermen are urging Coastal States to focus on more equitable quota shares for mackerel, blue whiting, and Atlanto-Scandian herring in the north-east Atlantic. Talks are set to resume in London after a year of minimal progress, with the principle of zonal attachment being emphasized as the key criterion. The UK, as the largest stakeholder in mackerel, is seen as able to drive faster progress in the discussions.
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Pelagic fishermen urge Coastal States to focus on more equitable quota shares. Scotland’s pelagic fishermen have urged the Coastal States fishing mackerel, blue whiting and Atlanto-Scandian herring in the north-east Atlantic to focus on more equitable quota shares as they renew their efforts to agree long-term sharing agreements for each of these stocks. After more than a year of minimal progress, during which aggregate catches of all three stocks exceeded scientific advice, talks are due to resume on sharing in London next week. “Zonal attachment – essentially, the principle that quota shares should be apportioned according to the presence of fish in each party’s waters – has to be the prime criterion in any long-term deal,” said Ian Gatt of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association. “There is no path to a stable agreement that ignores this well-understood and objective concept, and discussions will remain fruitless until all parties accept that. And in the meantime the ...
Source: Fish Focus
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