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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
Zonal access

Zonal access

7.1. The Delegations agreed for 2022 to establish mutual zonal access of 30,000 tonnes for all demersal/whitefish stocks in ICES Subarea 4. This will be on the basis that if the relevant Party’s vessels are entitled to catch demersal/whitefish stocks in their own Exclusive Economic Zone, then that same entitlement will apply in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the other Party up to the maximum overall limit of 30,000 tonnes.

7.2. The Delegations committed to putting in place appropriate safeguards to ensure that these access arrangements do not have detrimental consequences for fish stocks and the wider marine environment. The Delegations noted the importance of suitable and robust monitoring mechanisms to detect and react swiftly to significant changes from historic fishing patterns and catches as a result of these new arrangements. They further agreed that they will formally review catch data quarterly and, where appropriate, implement amended management measures, for example quota management measures, as soon as practicable. The Delegations also recognised that, given the novelty of these arrangements, joint guidance on their implementation would be beneficial, and agreed to discuss this in early 2022.

7.3. The Delegations agreed that vessels from the UK will be granted zonal access of 17,000 tonnes of Norwegian Spring Spawning (Atlanto-Scandian) herring in Norway's Exclusive Economic Zone North of 62°N and that Norwegian vessels will be granted zonal access of 17,000 tonnes of North Sea herring in the UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone in the North Sea (ICES Subarea 4). The Delegations also agreed that, should circumstances allow in 2022, Norwegian levels of access to fish North Sea herring in UK waters could be increased.