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    EU scraps herring sanctions

    THE European Commission has today repealed the measures adopted against the Faroe Islands in August 2013 following the archipelago's unsustainable Atlanto-Scandian herring catches.

    The measures imposed at the time will now be lifted on 20 August 2014. The decision comes after it was agreed that the Faroe Islands would cease their unsustainable fishery and would adopt a catch limit for herring in 2014 at 40,000t. This level is considerably lower than the one the Faroes had adopted in 2013 and which, according to the current scientific assessments, does not put in jeopardy the conservation efforts of the coastal States sharing the stock.

    However, the lifting of the measures does not represent a tacit agreement by the EU that 40,000t is the legitimate share of the stock for the Faroe Islands. It is merely indicative of the fact that the sustainability of the stock is no longer in jeopardy. The decision is also without prejudice to the consultations that will take place in the autumn among the five Coastal States (Norway, the Russian Federation, Iceland, Faroe Islands and the EU) on the future sharing of the stock.

    The lifting of the measures represents a clean slate in the EU's relations with the Faroe Islands, a country viewed as a potential strategic partner on pelagic fisheries in the north-east Atlantic. European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki intends to meet Mr Vestergaard, Minister of Fisheries of the Faroe Islands, to set the basis for a new era of cooperation.

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    Fishing body slams EU inaction over Russian import ban

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    On 7 August, the Russian Federation issued a ban on imports from the EU on a range of seafood and agricultural products for a year, or at least until the sanctions imposed by the West on Russia are lifted.

    The Directorate-General for Agriculture (DG Agri) has reacted rapidly in requesting impact analysis, approving exceptional measures to assist farmers, and arranging a management committee meeting.

    However, as Europeche – the Association of National Organisations of Fishing Enterprises in the EU – has noted, there has been a lack of action by the Directorate-General for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs (DG Mare), Maria Damanaki.

    In a statement released yesterday, Europeche state that ‘The ban is currently causing economic problems to the fishing sector, which is still reeling from radical changes introduced by the recent overhaul of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

    ‘An estimated 153.8 million Euros (Eurostat, COMEXT) will be lost following the closure of this vital market, made worse with Russia rapidly establishing firm markets elsewhere.

    ‘The closure of the long-established EU-Russia market on products such as salmon, trout and oysters will inevitably result in surplus stocks, further disrupting the EU market.

    ‘President of Europeche, Javier Garat, stated: “It is shocking that not only has the Commissioner proposed no action to address the impact of such economic uncertainty on the industry but absolutely no reaction has been made at all.

    “The ban is causing serious financial losses to the sector at a time when we are already facing a vast swathe of new regulations from Brussels.

    “At this challenging time, our fishermen feel frustrated and need clarity on what is being done to address the impact of the ban.”’

    Europeche has written a letter to Damanaki, co-signed by Copa-Cogeca, EAPO, FEAP and EMPA, in which the EU fishing and aquaculture industries have called for a task force to be created to ‘support the ‘appropriate management of this issue’.

    The task force would work in close cooperation with stakeholders to analyse the impacts of the ban, and to identify new potential markets, which would alleviate the concerns and consequences to fishermen.

    ‘We must remember, however, that it is important that such a task force is initiated in a most timely manner in order that the most efficient preparations can be established’, said Garat.

    ‘The Commission must take the lead and ensure that serious action is being taken to assist the entire supply chain as well as an already vulnerable catching sector.

    ‘A stable market for fishery and aquaculture products is essential and we need to be provided with the economic knowledge to mitigate losses to our own fisheries.’

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    Hatchet buried after herring dispute

    THE European Fisheries Commissioner, Maria Damanaki, has declared that "the herring dispute between the EU and the Faroe Islands is over", following a meeting with Faroese Fisheries Minister Jacob Vestergaard last week.

    The two ministers met in Athens on 29 August and held discussions on the matter that followed on from Commissioner Damanaki's visit to the Faroe Islands in December 2013.

    Commissioner Damanaki and Minister Vestergaard welcomed the recent normalisation of fisheries relations between the European Union and the Faroe Islands. Discussions concentrated on the common objective that both Parties shared to ensure the sustainable management of the key pelagic stocks in the North Atlantic, namely, mackerel, Atlanto-Scandian herring and blue whiting, and the strategic partnership that could be developed in that regard in a new era of cooperation.

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    Reduce mackerel access to Faroes, urges EU pelagic industry

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    Posted on December 3, 2014 by Tim Siddons • 0 Comments

    NEGOTIATIONS will begin on Monday 8 December to discuss the terms of the 2015 bi‐lateral fisheries agreement between the European Union and Faroe Islands.

    The EU pelagic industry is calling upon the European Commission and Member States governments to substantially adjust downwards the reciprocal mackerel access which forms part of this bilateral fisheries agreement.

    Gerard van Balsfoort, chairman NWPG of European Association of Fish Producers Organisations (EAPO), said: ‘The benefit of this agreement is totally skewed in the favour of the Faroe Islands and this must be addressed at the bi‐lateral consultations which begin next Monday.

    ‘The key issue is the level of the mackerel access quota. Faroe Islands were granted a huge increased mackerel share this year on the basis that mackerel is more abundant in their waters.

    ‘Why do they then require a third of their quota to be fished off the EU waters? The reality is Faroe Islands will catch their full EU access quota this year and not one kilo of the EU’s mackerel quota has been caught in the Faroese zone.

    ‘This must be addressed now otherwise Faroese vessels will benefit from catching mackerel in EU waters when the fish are in prime condition and in return we get nothing from this arrangement.

    The share for the Faroe Islands in the new agreement was almost tripled compared to their share in the former agreement and we cannot accept that their access quota is also increased by fivefold.’

    When the EU subsequently agreed the 2015 bilateral fisheries agreement with Faroe Islands it came as a big surprise to the EU pelagic industry that Faroe Islands was granted access for a staggering 46,850 tonnes of mackerel to be caught in EU waters.

    Under the pre 2010 bilateral EU‐Faroe Islands fisheries agreements mackerel access for Faroese vessels in EU waters fluctuated between 4,500 and 9,000 tonnes per year.

    The bilateral access arrangements between EU and Faroe Islands are decided on an annual basis, which is why the EU pelagic fishing industry wants to reduce reciprocal mackerel access for 2015 to the historical levels mentioned above.

    Faroe Islands were granted a huge increased mackerel share for 2014 on the basis that mackerel is more abundant in their waters.

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    Shetland pelagic fishermen demand tougher stance on Faroese mackerel quota

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    Posted on December 5, 2014 by Andrew Balahura • 0 Comments

    Shetland pelagic fishermen have echoed demands for a substantial reduction in access for Faroese boats to European Union mackerel quota.

    Prior to talks due to begin on Monday (8th December) on the terms of the bilateral fisheries agreement between the European Union and Faroe for 2015, they have urged the European Commission and Member State governments to slash the share of quota the North Atlantic island’s boats can catch in EU waters.

    Agreement was reached in March this year to allow Faroese boats to catch a hugely increased share of mackerel, which they claimed was now abundant in their own waters.

    However, they were granted access to EU waters to catch a third of this total – 46,850 tonnes.

    Simon Collins, Executive Officer of Shetland Fishermen’s Association, said: “I’ve been stopped countless times in the street by islanders outraged that the Faroese fleet has been just off our shores catching large quantities of mackerel all autumn.

    “The original deal with Faroe was based on their claims – now shown to be a figment of their imagination – that their seas were awash with mackerel. Right now, the only seas awash with mackerel are around here.

    “If it wants to retain any credibility as an effective body for managing fisheries, the EU must insist on a very large cut in this access quota.”

    He added: “The Faroese have fisheries ministers, Europe has giveaway ministers.”

    The SFA backed a statement issued earlier by the European Association of Fish Producers (EAPO) urging for a reduction in access quota.

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    Mackerel deal set to open up new markets

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    Posted on March 2, 2015 by Jenny Hjul • 0 Comments

    THE new owners of Larsen Seafood in Germany have said the acquisition will open up new markets in Europe for mackerel and create fishing processing jobs in the Faroe Islands.

    The Faroese pelagic fishery group Christian í Grótinum recently bought Larsen Seafood, which includes a mackerel processing plant in Flensburg on the German-Danish border and a coley and pollock processing plant in Bremerhaven.

    Larsen had been in receivership up to the time of the deal, but had managed to continue production.

    Now seafood analysts are saying the vertical integration, where a business seeks to control several links in the production chain, will help Christian í Grótinum access a highly lucrative European market, by-passing the tax-free ceiling of 25 per cent imposed by the EU on the import of some fish products from the Faroes.

    The company told Faroese newspaper Norđlýsiđ: ‘We have been looking at opportunities for further processing catches from some of our ships.

    ‘We wanted to carry out the processing in the Faroes, preferably Klaksvík, but due to import regulations on mackerel and herring products, this was not possible.’

    The acquisition includes all machinery and equipment, and a total of 210 employees remain at work. This means that the integrity of Larsen Seafood towards its customers is preserved.

    It also means there is no start-up phase for the new owners, and they can hit the ground running, so to speak.

    Larsen Seafood has filed losses in the last couple of years, but the new owners are confident they can turn the company around.

    The buyers have said the first priority was to preserve relations with existing customers, and from there to increase profitability.

    This venture is a chance, too, to learn about pelagic processing, which can benefit the Faroese industry in the future.

    The goal is still to build a manufacturing plant in Klaksvík in the Faroes (population 48,000) which the deal should help to achieve.

    Christian í Grótinum said it plans to produce 45 million cans of mackerel in the first year, and to increase production to around 80 million cans within the next few years.

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    Scots demand action on Faroe ‘quota grab’

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    Iceland’s mackerel hike

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    Iceland’s Ministry of Industries and Innovation, which includes fisheries, has announced a 20,000 tonne increase to the mackerel quota compared to last year.

    The 2016 quota for mackerel was 147,800 tonnes, and this year’s quota has been set at 168,424 tonnes. The 2015 mackerel quota was 172,900 tonnes.

    The Ministry has stated that the Directorate of Fisheries will be taking applications for mackerel licenses from 10th of April, with allocations based on vessel track records 2007-2009.

    Iceland remains outside the agreements on mackerel between the other coastal states and sets its own quotas.

    Source: Atvinnuvega- og nýsköpunarráđuneytiđ

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