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United Kingdom and Norway - fisheries consultations: agreed records 2022

Published: 11 Jan 2022

Agreed records of fisheries consultations between the United Kingdom and Norway for 2022.

United Kingdom and Norway - fisheries consultations: agreed records 2022
Control and enforcement

Control and enforcement

8.1. The Delegations recalled the longstanding cooperation between the Parties' respective control authorities, which entails both strategic and operational cooperation throughout the entire value chain. These activities are regulated by a bilateral agreement on monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) between the Parties (Bilateral arrangement for enhanced fisheries co-operation between the United Kingdom and Norway on Monitoring, Control and Surveillance of fisheries signed 12 May 2015).

8.2. The Delegations agreed to further develop their existing cooperation in the field of MCS in order to improve compliance with relevant regulations and to secure sustainable management of fisheries and the marine ecosystem in general in the Parties’ jurisdictions. The Delegations agreed to review in 2022 their bilateral arrangement on MCS with the aim of improving and designing a bilateral arrangement which would allow for a forward-looking perspective on the development and introduction of new technological solutions and other relevant MCS measures.

8.3. The Delegations noted that relevant technical regulations apply to vessels fishing in the waters of the other Party. Furthermore, the Delegations also referred to the Technical Annex to the Agreed Record of Consultations on Fisheries between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Kingdom of Norway (Technical Annex), which sets out the operational guidance and will be published shortly by both Parties on their relevant Government websites.

8.4. The Delegations also agreed to establish a permanent and joint Compliance Forum within the framework of their bilateral arrangement on MCS. The Compliance Forum would be tasked to strengthen the bilateral arrangement on MCS and to facilitate joint efforts on relevant issues, such as strategic and operational risk-management (risk-assessment, risk-handling and evaluation) and information-sharing. The Compliance Forum should also identify, study and consider potential harmonised MCS measures. The forum should provide to the Delegations an update on its work including any proposals on harmonised MCS measures well in advance of their bilateral consultations for 2023.