April 13th, 2021

Uk Norway Fishing Agreement

By JEREMY WARNE

She called on London to “understand the legitimate expectations of EU fishing fleets, built over decades and sometimes centuries of access.” I am pleased that we now have an agreement that provides a framework for comprehensive fisheries cooperation with the United Kingdom, which is an important country for Norway. The agreement is in line with our obligations under the law of the sea to cooperate with other coastal states in the common management of fisheries resources, in accordance with modern sustainable management systems, an ecosystem approach and the precautionary principle. We will also maintain our close cooperation with the EU in the area of North Sea fishing. “We look forward to a trilateral agreement between Norway, the UK and the EU on the management of common fish stocks in the North Sea as soon as Brexit becomes a reality,” said Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Seride. British fishing communities will benefit from the fisheries agreements that the United Kingdom is negotiating with our coastal partner to ensure that the needs of our fishermen and fish stocks are at the forefront. Through agreements like the one we signed with Norway, the United Kingdom is taking back control of its natural resources and trying to bring much of our fish stocks back to healthy levels. “This is the established model of cooperation between coastal states that have common stocks to ensure that fish stocks are harvested responsibly and sustainably. Annual agreements provide the flexibility to deal with changes in stocks and science, while the framework agreement ensures continuity and a framework for cooperation,” said Barrie Deas, NFFO`s Managing Director. “Any access by fishing vessels flying the flag of one contracting party to the jurisdiction of the other party. Agreements on reciprocal access to fisheries and the exchange of fishing quotas are concluded, as is the case today, through annual fisheries agreements. However, other elements of North Sea fisheries cooperation must be governed by a separate tripartite agreement between the EU, Norway and the UK. The agreement was also welcomed by the National Federation of Fishermen`s Organisations (NFFO) in the UNITED Kingdom. The Norwegian agreement states that “we are committed to recognising the importance of the zonanne seizure as a principle of international fisheries management applied by coastal states in accordance with their obligations under the UNCLOS and related instruments with regard to the common management of stocks.” Does the United Kingdom offer the European Union the same style of fisheries agreement it has just put in place with Norway? The agreement demonstrates the common will of the United Kingdom and Norway to cooperate as independent coastal states and to seek effective and sustainable management of their fisheries.

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