Time limit on fishing quotas proposed – Fishupdate.com

Time limit on fishing quotas proposed Published:  19 March, 2007

Svein Ludvigsen

THE NORWEGIAN Goverrnment wants to introduce a 20-year time limit on quotas for Norwegian fishermen, a plan which has sparked strong protests from the fishermen and their organisations.

Until now, there has been no time limit and fishermen have been able to buy, sell or combine the quotas from several vessels into larger units.

The Government now proposes a 25-year limit on licences already issued, and a 20-year limit on new licences, said The Norway Post.

“This is the closest we get to State swindle,” said head of the Fishingboat owners Association, Inge Halstensen.

In the Association’s opinion, the Government is now breaking their agreements, and punishing those who have helped reduce overcapacity.

It is only three years since the former Fisheries Minister, Svein Ludvigsen, promised perpetual quotas, if the fishermen continued to combine licences, resulting in fewer vessels.

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