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    Scots fishermen express disappointment as mackerel talks stall

    Scottish fishermen have expressed their extreme disappointment after the breakdown in talks in Edinburgh last night (5 March) to try and reach an agreement on mackerel allocations in the north-east Atlantic.

    Following a series of negotiations in recent weeks, it is thought that the main parties (EU, Norway, Iceland and the Faroes) were moving towards an agreement, but the recent move by Greenland to set itself an autonomous quota for mackerel this year, resulted in the talks becoming stalled.

    Ian Gatt, chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association, said: “We are very disappointed by this latest development, which has thrown a new dimension into the dispute. However, it is important that the complex issue of the new Greenland autonomous quota, and what it means for the other coastal states, is resolved in a satisfactory way.”

    Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation said: “The absence of an agreement after four years is a real disappointment. The remaining important catching opportunity negotiations between the EU and Norway are now that much more difficult and where there are still big priorities for Scottish fishing to be met, such as North Sea haddock, cod, saithe and herring. The breakdown in the mackerel talks also means there will be no access into Faroese waters for Scottish boats.”

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    All talk and no mackerel

    THE Coastal States Mackerel Talks, which were being held in Edinburgh this week, have once again failed to reach an agreement.

    Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said: "It is very disappointing that a deal couldn't be reached. This seemed like the best chance in a while to get a deal done and the longer this continues the greater the uncertainty faced by our fishermen. Every country involved in these talks has a responsibility to our fishermen to try and break this deadlock as soon as possible."

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    Edinburgh mackerel talks collapse



    THE mackerel dispute talks in Edinburgh broke up last night without agreement despite three days of intensive negotiations. In fact the talks went into an unscheduled third day which seemed to indicate that progress was being made.

    It is not yet known if there will be another attempt to find a comprise or if the EU and Norway will go ahead with their own fish quota swap agreement which had been delayed because of the impasse over mackerel.

    But the breakdown will further fuel speculation of EU sanctions against Iceland and the Faroese who are already facing separate sanctions over herring quotas. Some EU countries may also demand the ban being extended to Icelandic white fish exports which would widen the dispute and impact on UK ports like Grimsby which gets most of its cod and haddock from Iceland.

    This is one of the longest running fishery disputes in recent years involving Norway and the European Union on one side and Iceland and the Faroe islands on the other. Talks to find a solution began four years ago.

    Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead he was very disappointed at the outcome because the Edinburgh round seemed the best chance in a long time to secure agreement. It now meant Scottish fishermen faced uncertainty.

    Sigurdur Ingi, Iceland's main negotiator said that all possibilities on an understanding reached last autumn had been exhausted. "It is a great shame that the various sides had not been able to complete a deal because the opportunity was there after ICES advice for higher quotas in the autumn. The basis of the agreement was based on sustainable fishing and a rightful share for Iceland."

    Both Iceland and the Faroese have been accused of giving themselves totally unsustainable mackerel quotas which Norwegian, Scottish and Irish pelagic fishermen, say will destroy the stock in time. Iceland claims its proposals were based on sustainable fishing but on a fair share of the North East Atlantic mackerel fishery at the same time.

    Relations between Norway and Iceland on this issue have become increasingly chilly in recent months with Norwegian fishermen accusing the Icelanders of fish piracy and demanding they should be ostracised.

    Last night the Icelandic government delegation hit back by claiming the Norwegians had taken an uncompressing attitude and had made an unsubstantiated claim that Icelandic was fishing far beyond what scientists were advising. Iceland is now expected to shortly fix its own mackerel quota for 2014, adding that it would continue to strive to find a solution based on scientific advice and "equitable to all coastal states".

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    Blame game after mackerel talks failure



    BLAME, recrimination and fresh demands for sanctions against Iceland and the Faroe islands have followed the breakdown of the mackerel dispute talks in Edinburgh on Thursday night with Greenland complicating an already complex issue.

    However, despite the failure, bilateral talks between Norway and the EU to agree quota swap arrangements between themselves are underway which will please Scottish and Danish fishermen in particular. A deal could be reached this weekend and mackerel is now part of these new negotiations.
    Norway's Fisheries Minister Elisabeth Aspaker said afterwards she was sorry the mackerel talks ended in failure. "Norway went far in these negotiations and it is difficult to understand why it was not possible to find a balanced solution," the minister added.

    It has now emerged that Iceland and the EU's request to fish for North East Atlantic mackerel in Greenland waters was one of the main stumbling blocks after it was opposed by Norway.
    Audun Maråk, managing director of the Norwegian Fishing Vessel Owners Federation (Fiskebat) confirmed afterwards that it was a key factor in the failure of the talks. He said such a proposal was unacceptable. Mr Maråk also criticised what he described as "EU misinformation" during the negotiations .
    Meanwhile, demands for tougher sanctions against Iceland and the Faroes are increasing. Ian Gatt, chief executive of the Pelagic Fishermen's Association, accused Iceland and the Faroes of being totally "unrealistic and intransigent" and called on the EU to impose meaningful sanctions against the two fishing states and also to block any move by Iceland to join the EU. "The EU must stand up for the rights of the member states," he stressed. His comments are almost certain to be echoed by Norwegian fishermen.

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    Scots fishermen express disappointment as mackerel talks stall



    Scottish fishermen have expressed their extreme disappointment after the breakdown in talks in Edinburgh last night (5 March) to try and reach an agreement on mackerel allocations in the north-east Atlantic.

    Following a series of negotiations in recent weeks, it is thought that the main parties (EU, Norway, Iceland and the Faroes) were moving towards an agreement, but the recent move by Greenland to set itself an autonomous quota for mackerel this year, resulted in the talks becoming stalled.

    Ian Gatt, chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association, said: “We are very disappointed by this latest development, which has thrown a new dimension into the dispute. However, it is important that the complex issue of the new Greenland autonomous quota, and what it means for the other coastal states, is resolved in a satisfactory way.”

    Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation said: “The absence of an agreement after four years is a real disappointment. The remaining important catching opportunity negotiations between the EU and Norway are now that much more difficult and where there are still big priorities for Scottish fishing to be met, such as North Sea haddock, cod, saithe and herring. The breakdown in the mackerel talks also means there will be no access into Faroese waters for Scottish boats.”

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    Scots fishermen express disappointment as mackerel talks stall



    Scottish fishermen have expressed their extreme disappointment after the breakdown in talks in Edinburgh last night (5 March) to try and reach an agreement on mackerel allocations in the north-east Atlantic.

    Following a series of negotiations in recent weeks, it is thought that the main parties (EU, Norway, Iceland and the Faroes) were moving towards an agreement, but the recent move by Greenland to set itself an autonomous quota for mackerel this year, resulted in the talks becoming stalled.

    Ian Gatt, chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association, said: “We are very disappointed by this latest development, which has thrown a new dimension into the dispute. However, it is important that the complex issue of the new Greenland autonomous quota, and what it means for the other coastal states, is resolved in a satisfactory way.”

    Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation said: “The absence of an agreement after four years is a real disappointment. The remaining important catching opportunity negotiations between the EU and Norway are now that much more difficult and where there are still big priorities for Scottish fishing to be met, such as North Sea haddock, cod, saithe and herring. The breakdown in the mackerel talks also means there will be no access into Faroese waters for Scottish boats.”

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    They must have taken some amount of tonnage from the stock by now davie its nearly four years now.

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    Between Iceland and Faroe must be over 1 millions tonnes taken without agreement , hearing that there's been an agreement though on Mackerel AND on getting the whitefish lads back into Faroes waters which should be signed in the next day or so

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    Heads up Guys

    Latest on EU-Norway Bi-Lateral Agreement.

    All,

    This is just a heads up to let you know it looks like a three party mackerel deal will be agreed this evening. We’re informed the basis of the deal is very much in line with what has been previously reported. I’m currently on route to London and will send you a confirmation report on my arrival with the specific details, which should be around 7.30pm. Alex Wiseman has covered the meeting today, although there hasn’t been access to the meeting building for industry today. My understanding is the EU-Norway bi-lateral agreement will also be signed tonight and negotiations will begin on EU-Faroe tomorrow where reciprocal access arrangements will be decided.

    Best regards

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    Why the Faroese are smiling!

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    AFTER months of wrangling, the Faroe Islands have walked away with a mackerel quota larger than the one they gave themselves which caused the dispute in the first place, it has been revealed.

    The weekend deal with the European Union and Norway permits a total allowable catch for 2014 of 156,240 tons (12.6 per cent of the NE Atlantic quota) . It was just over a year ago that the Faroese set themselves a 150,000 ton quota which everyone said was too high and prolonged a dispute that had been dragging on for two years previously. A more optimistic assessment by ICES on the NE Atlantic stock, is the main reason why quotas are so generous.

    The deal in London has been welcomed by Jacob Vestergaard, the Faroese fisheries minister - and, from the figures, it is easy to see why. Stressing the importance of pelagic fishing to his country, he described the agreement, which also includes a joint arrangement on the conservation and management of the mackerel stock for the next five years, as a major breakthrough.

    He said in a statement: “I am very pleased that other parties have shown a willingness to adapt a joint management of the mackerel which is consistent with the reality of mackerel distribution and abundance in the North East Atlantic today.Sustainable pelagic fisheries are of fundamental importance to the Faroese economy and our future development as an island nation overwhelmingly dependent on fisheries. I hope that Iceland will also be prepared to join the arrangement and that we can all look forward to a future of stability and sustainable development in this very important fishery in our region.”

    Minister Vestergaard stressed that after four years without a multilateral agreement on this shared fish stock, this positive outcome from the many intense consultations in recent weeks should now herald a new and more constructive era in fisheries cooperation in the North East Atlantic.

    “It’s time to return to a climate of mutual respect for our respective and common interests as fisheries nations, both when it comes to the management of the fisheries and trade in the products from these shared fish stocks,” said Minister Vestergaard.

    He added: “Our contribution and commitment to joint efforts to find a resolution to the mackerel issue should leave no one in any doubt about the sincerity of the Faroe Islands as a responsible partner in fisheries cooperation in the North East Atlantic."

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