European Union, Norway and the United Kingdom - fisheries consultations: agreed records 2022

Agreed records of consultations from meetings of delegations from the United Kingdom, Norway and the European Union, held between October and December 2021 on the joint management of shared North Sea stocks.


Jointly-managed stocks

11.1. The Delegations agreed, as an ad hoc approach for 2022, to consider cod, haddock, herring, plaice, saithe and whiting to be jointly managed stocks in the North Sea (ICES Subarea 4) and associated areas where relevant. Each Party’s share of each stock for 2022 is shown in Table 1.

11.2. The Delegations acknowledged that, although all Parties have introduced legislation that prohibits most forms of discarding of fish, discards remain a serious problem and may be contributing to the current poor condition of some stocks.

11.3. The Delegations agreed to work towards improving exploitation patterns and reducing unwanted catches and discards through the use of technical measures to improve the selectivity of fishing gear; closed seasons and areas; as well as any other appropriate measures. They acknowledged the usefulness of complementary technical measures to achieve those objectives.

11.4. The Delegations revised Annex II concerning the inter-annual quota flexibility (IAF) scheme. The IAF scheme will apply to haddock, herring, plaice, saithe and whiting for 2022.

11.5. In light of the de minimis and high survivability exemptions contained in its landing obligation, the EU Delegation informed the UK Delegation and the Norwegian Delegation of its intention in 2022 to continue to adjust from the EU quotas the estimated amounts of the discards.

11.6. In light of the de minimis and high survivability exemptions contained in its landing obligation, the UK Delegation informed the EU Delegation and the Norwegian Delegation of its intention in 2022 to continue to adjust from the UK quotas the estimated amounts of the discards.

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