Norwegians optimistic over EU-Norway talks Published: 26 September, 2005
AT a recent meeting in Edinburgh, talks between the EU and Norway were held regarding the management of several species including horse mackerel and monk fish in the North Sea.
Both sides signalled their starting positions for next year considering both the division and management for several of the stocks. A spokesperson from the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries said that the meeting left “a certain optimism” for the Norwegian parties, both in terms of reaching agreement on divisions and mutual management of a few stocks.
The meeting in Edinburgh was led by the Scottish fisheries department. From the Norwegian side there were representatives from the fisheries department as well as representatives from the Fisheries Directorate, the Institute of Marine Research, Norway’s fishermen’s team and Southern-Norway’s trawler team.
The background to these talks dates back to last year’s quota talks between Norway and EU when an initiative was launched to improve the management of four mutual stocks, sand eel, Norway Pout, horse mackerel and monk fish in the North Sea and Skagerrak. The parties agreed to reach better management but also a better division of the stocks being fished. During the quota talks in 2004 it was decided that a working group would write a report based on information from catching statistics. The report describes biological and regulatory relationships and gives an overview of the catching statistics divided over the EU-zone and Norway’s economic zone.
The Norwegian point of view is that they are ready to start division talks for the stocks of sand eel and Norwegian Pout. Regarding horse mackerel and monk fish Norway argues that scientists must provide more information, especially when it comes to the biological state of the stocks.
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