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Joint Statement of Commissioner Damanaki and Norwegian Minister Berg-Hansen on mackerel

Last updated: 17/02/2012 // Ms Damanaki, on behalf of the European Union, and Ms Berg-Hansen, on behalf of Norway, have expressed their disappointment and grave concern following the inconclusive outcome of the Coastal State consultations on mackerel in Reykjavik from 15 to 16 February 2012.

In spite of five rounds of consultations in autumn 2011 and early 2012, at which the EU and Norway submitted three series of proposals, it is particularly disappointing that neither Iceland nor the Faroe Islands really engaged in the negotiation process. It is regrettable that neither Iceland nor the Faroe Islands have made proposals, which would have respected the zonal attachment principles and historical fishing, on which stock sharing arrangements have been negotiated by those same Parties in the past.

The joint EU/Norway proposals, made during the negotiations, offered Iceland and the Faroe Islands a considerably increased share. They would also have allowed Icelandic and Faroese vessels to fish a significant part of their quota share in EU and Norwegian waters, where the value of the fish is significantly higher than in Icelandic or Faroese waters.

You may read the entire joint statement here.

 


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