Uk Fishing Agreement With Norway
Boris Johnson said today that fishing is one of the issues on which “we simply cannot make progress”, with the so-called “fair competition conditions” of the rules. Norway could close access to its fishing waters from 1 January to European and British vessels, its fisheries minister has said. Upstairs, a British fishing vessel off the coast of Yorkshire Ingebrigtsen said it was pleased to have reached an agreement. It`s “a great day,” he said. 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. The treaty contains the same principles that the UK is currently seeking with the EU – a framework agreement that reflects the international rights of the UK and Norway. 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. I am pleased that a fisheries framework agreement with Norway has been successfully concluded. This agreement demonstrates our commitment to act as an independent cooperative coastal state to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for the entire UK fishing industry. “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. 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. The desire for an independent fisheries policy was seen as one of the reasons why Norway twice voted `no` to EU membership in 1972 and 1994. The framework agreement, which will come into force on 1 January, will govern control measures, licences and research and will also facilitate reciprocal quota exchange and access to each other`s waters, the Norwegian government said in a statement.