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Scottish welcome for UK/Norway fish agreement

United Kingdom
Regulation / Agreement
Dec 27, 2021
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Scottish welcome for UK/Norway fish agreement. Agreed records on both access and quota exchanges of fish stocks between Norway and the UK in 2022 have been signed, following consultations between both nations in recent weeks. Norway is a key partner for Scotland in the North Sea basin, and this agreement has been welcomed by both sides. The deal includes reciprocal access for demersal stocks. This will allow Scottish fishermen to fish their quota in Norwegian waters, giving them access to high market value haddock throughout the year. Reciprocal access is capped at 30,000 tonnes. This represents a positive step change
from 2021, where no such agreement existed. There is also a pelagic access arrangement covering North Sea herring and Atlanto-Scandian herring. The UK will receive 17,000 tonnes of Atlanto-Scandian herring access in Norwegian waters, in return for allowing fishing access for Norway in UK waters for the same tonnage of North Sea Herring. On exchanges, the UK will receive additional quota for a number of key demersal stocks. The package for the UK is estimated to be worth £5.23 million and includes inward transfers of whiting, monkfish and hake. In return, Norway will receive additional quota for demersal stocks including Greenland halibut, ling and tusk. This exchange helps to mitigate the challenging scientific advice for many demersal stocks this year, while still keeping fishing activity as a whole within sustainable levels. Welcoming the agreement, Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon said: “Norway is a key partner for us in the North Sea basin, and this is a ...
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