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Offensive against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing

The fight against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing was one of the main issues discussed when Helga Pedersen, Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, met with the EU Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, Joe Borg in Brussels 8 February 2006.

In 2005 the total value of Norwegian exports of fish and seafood amounted to approximately 4 billion Euros (NOK 32 billion). This makes export of fish and fisheries products the third largest source of foreign income for Norway.

“Illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing (IUU) undermines our efforts to maintain sustainable fisheries in the Barents Sea. It is a major challenge to combat such practices, and to succeed international co-operation is called for. This view is supported by Commissioner Borg. This is why Norway and the European Commission will set up a joint working group to explore how to deal with this problem”, Pedersen said after the meeting.

“It is necessary that we and also the EU give the highest priority to the task of eliminating IUU fisheries. We should start by putting this on our agenda through public debate and information campaigns”, the Minister added.

The IUU fisheries will be on Minister Pedersen’s agenda when she meets her colleagues from Russia on 13 of February, from Iceland on 14 of February, from Spain on 20 of February and from Portugal on 22 of February.

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